Friday 24 November 2017

Dr Crokes look for segregation of fans

KERRY and Munster football champions Dr Crokes have requested that supporters be segregated for their All-Ireland club semi-final clash with Crossmaglen Rangers next month.

Club chairman Vincent Casey also called on the GAA to ensure a greater garda presence in Portlaoise in light of the events which marred the All-Ireland JFC semi-final between Dromid Pearses and Derrytresk last Sunday.

"We are looking for a block of tickets for our supporters so they can sit together in a particular area of the stand and therefore both sets of supporters can cheer on their team, without interfering or upsetting each other," he said.

"It's basic common sense and good practice really because we want the 30 players on the field grabbing the headlines afterwards unlike the coverage our games have been getting over the past number of days.

"We are also looking for adequate stewarding, and in view of what happened there on Sunday they increase the number of stewards at the venue and that also they have a bigger Garda presence than last Sunday.

"Some county board officials were there and saw what happened in Portlaoise so they are aware of the situation."

When the sides met last in the 2007 All-Ireland final replay in Portlaoise, it was alleged the Killarney club's midfielder Ambrose O'Donovan was struck by a female supporter with an umbrella after he was sent off. It was also claimed at the time that two Crokes substitutes were intimidated at the interval.

"There was an incident five years ago when one of our players was hit after being sent off, and we feel strongly that this needs to be addressed because five years on from our experience there, this happened last Sunday," Casey added.

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