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Last Updated: Monday, 5 March 2007, 13:54 GMT
Boyce supports Cliftonville bans
IFA president Jim Boyce
Jim Boyce has been a lifelong Cliftonville supporter
IFA president Jim Boyce has welcomed moves by Cliftonville Football Club to tackle sectarian behaviour at Solitude.

The club stopped some individuals from entering the ground prior to Saturday's win over Portadown and others will be banned after having their names noted.

"I admire all the efforts that are being made by Cliftonville and other clubs to stop this kind of behaviour.

"Hopefully legislation to deal with this can be brought in, similar to that which exists in England and Scotland."

Boyce also commended the efforts of other clubs to stamp out similar problems at their grounds.

"Coleraine and Linfield have also taken affirmative action and I know many clubs have been trying their best to remove these people.

"As regards Cliftonville, there are certain games where we get an element coming along who do not go to the average match on a Saturday.

"There is a small element of people who bring the good name of Cliftonville Football Club into disrepute by engaging in inappropriate chanting but we hope this cancer can be eradicated from the game," he said.

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Cliftonville 3-1 Portadown
03 Mar 07 |  Irish


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