Portadown supporters have grouped together to cover the cost of a £100 fine imposed on Tim Mouncey by the Irish Football Association.
News that Mouncey is now facing a one-match suspension and that Portadown must pay a £100 fine by today (Friday) due to a Facebook post has sparked anger within the club fanbase.
As a result, an online campaign was launched by supporters to generate the sum as a show of solidarity towards player and club.
It is also planned to deliver a letter, with the fine, on behalf of Portadown fans to IFA headquarters raising awareness of the supporters’ growing frustration with the game’s governing body.
“Once it became public knowledge, fans started to suggest contributing towards the fine and our members agreed to make up any difference in the final total,” said a PSS spokesman. “We also have drafted a strongly-worded letter for the IFA outlining our grievances following issues relating to the Chris Casement Affair and Irish Cup final.
“We cannot understand why Tim has been singled out.
It is about giving our backing, as fans, to the club and playerPortadown Supporters’ Society
“It is about giving our backing, as fans, to the club and player.”
Mouncey posted the following on April 14: “Yet again the referees and linesmen in our league have just shown that they are incapable of refereeing at the highest level in Northern Ireland let alone Europe . Chris casement got his appeal turned down and is forced to miss the irish cup final after losing his appeal . How can this happen when the player he supposedly head butted was there tonight to testify that he didn’t get head butted , experienced referee in crangle , Kennedy and the assessor all seen video evidence and said it be lucky for yellow card and no headbutt, yet the linesman who was 80 yards on far side of pitch seen a headbutt . Absolute disgrace . They should be ashamed of themselves . Not big enough to admit they made a mistake . They are an embarrassment to irish league football”.
The Ports have also been issued with a £500 fine due to “improper conduct” of spectators at the Irish Cup final following the match observer’s report. It is also understood that Portadown manager Ronnie McFall was issued with a warning following comments in the final’s aftermath.