Cork City FC wish to confirm that the club has been sanctioned following incidents of supporter misconduct at Sunday’s FAI Cup Semi Final against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
As a result of 3 bottles (missiles) being thrown at St. Patrick’s Athletic players, the club has been sanctioned with a significant fine and also a closure of sections R, S and T for our upcoming home game against Shamrock Rovers on Monday, 23rd of October. Section R is located in the Derrynane Road Stand, while Sections S and T are the first two sections of the Curragh Road (Shed) Stand.
Despite the result, last Sunday showed the whole country many of the best aspects of our club, with a packed out Turner’s Cross, live on TV and a fantastic atmosphere, with the vast majority of our supporters being, as usual, a credit to themselves and their club.
It is extremely regrettable, therefore, that the actions of a handful of individuals has resulted in a sanction that will impact their fellow supporters.
The club has been reviewing CCTV footage and has identified those who are responsible. These individuals will be dealt with severely under the club’s banning procedures.
The club wishes to make it very clear that such behaviour has absolutely no place in any stadium, and the club has a zero tolerance approach to this type of behaviour.
Based on FAI regulations, it is likely that a repeat of such behaviour will result in a full stand being closed and, potentially, the club being forced to play a game behind closed doors.
We appeal to the vast majority of our supporters, who we know do not condone this type of conduct, to work with us to avoid any repeats of such incidents and the unwanted outcomes that may materialise and impact all of us.
The club will now digest the findings of the FAI Disciplinary Committee and decide on any further steps.