Swilly Rovers FC have confirmed they have lodged an appeal to the Football Association of Ireland after being sanctioned by the Schoolboys’ Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) over an alleged racial incident during their U-15 National Cup fixture against Castlebar Celtic earlier this month.
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 upcoming U-15 SFAI National Cup quarter-final against Kerry’s Kingdom Boys is now fixed for an astroturf facility in Lucan later this month.
The club will be required to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme.
Swilly officials - chairman Edward Diver, treasurer Mick Geever, U-15 manager Tony McNamee and club members PJ Kavanagh and Brian Harte - were summoned to a hearing at Dublin’s Red Cow Inn on Wednesday along with their Castlebar counterparts following alleged racist chants from a section of the Swilly Park home support aimed at visiting centre-back Thierry Baba, a native of Cameroon whose family moved to Ireland in 2007.
Swilly beat Castlebar 2-1 after extra-time.
The executive of Swilly Rovers met on Thursday and unanimously opted to file an appeal - costing the club €500 - which they sent by registered post on Friday.
They expect to hear a response in the coming days.