The decision by Portadown fans to donate money towards a £100 fine imposed on the club has been described as a “show of solidarity”.
Ports midfielder Tim Mouncey was recently punished for comments made via Facebook in April - resulting in the Irish Football Association disciplinary committee handing down a £100 fine and a one-match ban for the player.
A number of supporters opted to group together in response and raise the cash for IFA headquarters by Friday’s deadline alongside a letter designed to highlight growing frustration towards the governing body from within the Shamrock Park fanbase.
The action taken has been celebrated by Portadown Supporters’ Society members as a “show of solidarity” towards Mouncey and the club.
“Our thanks go to everyone who donated cash or offered backing to the proposal,” said a Portadown Supporters’ Society spokesman. “It was an initiative put forward and achieved by the fans as a show of solidarity, irrespective of any future response from the IFA.”
The letter submitted alongside the donation highlighted areas such as the Chris Casement disciplinary process which sparked Tim Mouncey’s comments, the recent fine and issues relating to the Irish Cup final.
“As representatives of Portadown supporters, we wish to express our disgust at the selective nature of this fine” opens the letter in reference to the Mouncey case, before commenting on how “it is our strongly held opinion that many players, officials and indeed the media, have issued similar or stronger opinions on the subject of Chris Casement’s appeal without any sanctions being imposed on them”.
It also requests a response in connection with Mouncey’s punishment and the performance of the match officials during Portadown’s Irish Cup defeat to Glentoran.