The postponement of Saturday’s Irish Premiership football match between Crusaders and Cliftonville on public safety grounds is regretted by the Community Relations Council.
CRC Chief Executive, Jacqueline Irwin, says
“Relations between Crusaders and Cliftonville football clubs have been very positive in recent years with many examples of joint activity involving supporters of both clubs. Preparations for Saturday’s match had involved consultation with the local community about the management of the arrival and departure of visiting supporters. The postponement of the match due to a small loyalist protest will have caused enormous disappointment to the supporters of both clubs. The determination of both clubs to re-schedule the match to the same venue at a later date reflects the fact that the postponement was not due to tensions between the rival club supporters.
The Community Relations Council has been supporting several community relations projects in this area of North Belfast over many years. We would hope that the strength of cross-community relationships will ensure that Saturday’s protest will not deter local people and the two Football Clubs from continuing the good work of building a shared future in which people can enjoy watching a game of football together.”