Blues hit with £1,000 fine over Big Two clash and warned fans could be banned

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Linfield have been hit with a £1,000 fine for spectator misconduct at their Big Two festive derby against Glentoran at Windsor Park.

The Blues have been warned further incidents would mean they'll have to play games behind closed doors or away from home.

Full-back Matthew Clarke picked up a two-game ban but Linfield are appealing all the Irish FA sanctions.

The game ended 1-1 - Jay Donnelly grabbing an equaliser for the 10-man Glens. 

Here's the full Irish FA statement:

"Linfield were charged by the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Committee for a breach of Article 33 of the Irish FA’s Articles of Association (spectator misconduct) during their NIFL Danske Bank Premiership fixture v Glentoran on Monday 27 December and the club has now been sanctioned with a £1000 fine.

"Linfield have also received a strong warning advising that should a similar offence occur again they will be asked to play a match/matches behind closed doors or away from home. 

"This is a result of being subject to other spectator misconduct charges this season.

"Meanwhile, Linfield player Matthew Clarke was charged by the committee with breaching Article 21 (provoking the general public) during the same game against Glentoran in December. 

"He has been sanctioned with a two-match standard suspension, while a £250 fine has been imposed on the club.

"Subsequently the club have challenged both charges and the matter is being considered by the Disciplinary Committee."

The game ended 1-1 - Jay Donnelly grabbing an equaliser for the 10-man Glens

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