Swilly Rovers’ appeal to the FAI scheduled for Friday

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Swilly Rovers’ appeal to the FAI scheduled for Friday
Swilly Rovers’ appeal to the Football Association of Ireland over sanctions placed on them by the Schoolboys’ Football Association of Ireland for alleged racist chanting is scheduled to be heard on Friday on Abbottstown.

Swilly Rovers’ appeal to the Football Association of Ireland over sanctions placed on them by the Schoolboys’ Football Association of Ireland for alleged racist chanting is scheduled to be heard on Friday on Abbottstown.

The Ramelton based side received a fine of €1,000 and future games in this season’s SFAI Cups will have to be played at a neutral venue.

The club will be required to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme.

There was alleged racist chanting from a section of the home support in the direction of Thierry Baba - a native of Cameroon who moved to Ireland with his family in 2007 - in an U-15 SFAI National Cup match earlier this month.

Swilly Rovers won the match 2-1 against Castlebar Celtic but were denied home advantage for the quarter-final that followed against Kingdom Boys from Kerry.

That last eight tie was scheduled for a neutral ground in Lucan on Saturday last but didn’t take place due to the appeal.

A Swilly Rovers spokesperson confirmed the club have also reported the matter to the Gardai and the Health Service Executive.