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Larne will not appeal fine imposed for part in brawl

Paul Millar
Paul Millar was sent-off late in the game at Newry

Larne have said that they will not appeal the £1,200 fine handed out by the IFA's Disciplinary Committee last week following their Irish Cup brawl.

The players and coaching staff at the club, even those who were not involved in the fracas, have agreed to help pay the fine from their wages.

Newry City have said that they will appeal the £800 fine imposed on them.

The Irish Cup fifth round match between the clubs on 16 January was abandoned after fighting broke out on the pitch.

Larne were fined £1,200, with Anthony Lagan banned until 31 May and Robert White and Brian Neeson both suspended for two games and fined £75 each.

Paul Millar got a four-game ban and Newry were fined £800 and Cullen Feeney was banned for two games and fined £75.

The IFA has still to decide if either team should play in the sixth round.

An IFA commission is scheduled to make a decision on that issue next week.

In terms of Thursday night's hearing, the IFA has confirmed that no photographic evidence from the controversial match was viewed by the disciplinary committee.

Photographs from the match included a picture of Larne player Lagan appearing to aim a kick at Feeney's head during the disturbances.

Lagan's ban will rule him out of action for the remainder of the season.

The match was halted 10 minutes from time after a brawl involving players and coaches from both clubs.

"Both clubs have been warned regarding their future conduct. The incidents have been considered both extremely serious and totally unacceptable which led to the abandonment of the match," said an IFA statement.

Newry chairman Paul McKenna was scathing about the IFA's verdict, insisting that Larne players had been overwhelmingly responsible for the violence.

"The actions taken by (certain Larne) player on that day, if that happened on the streets you'd be talking about GBH and people going to jail," added the Newry official.

"The IFA had a chance to lay down the law and to make an example.

"They didn't. They missed the boat on that. They bottled it or whatever way you want to call it."

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see also
IFA hands out Cup brawl sanctions
12 Feb 10 |  Irish
Lagan suspended over Newry brawl
19 Jan 10 |  Irish
IFA to investigate Newry violence
18 Jan 10 |  Irish
Abandoned cup game photos
17 Jan 10 |  Football
Cup game abandoned after fighting
16 Jan 10 |  Irish

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