CORK CITY intend to consult with “all key stakeholders” with regard to security issues at Turner’s Cross.
At last Friday’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic, Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien — a former City chairman — was ejected from the ground for a time following the confiscation of a banner imploring FAI executive vice-president John Delaney to leave his post.
A statement by the club has cleared Mr O’Brien of any wrongdoing and expressed the desire to examine the situation before the next home game, against Sligo Rovers next Monday.
“The club wish to confirm that it has reviewed CCTV footage of the incident that occurred at Turner’s Cross yesterday [Friday],” it said.
“In the time since the end of the game, the club has also spoken to all parties involved in the matter.
“At lunchtime, members of club staff and the board of management met with Mr Jonathan O’Brien TD, who was, for a short time, removed from the stadium last night. Having spoken to Mr O’Brien and reviewed the CCTV footage, the club wishes to confirm that there was no breach of stadium regulations by him.
“This was a frank and positive discussion, and both parties are happy that the matter is now concluded to their mutual satisfaction.
“In addition to the meeting with Mr O’Brien, the club now plans to have further discussions with all key stakeholders involved in advance of our next home fixture with the intention of ensuring the best match night experience possible for our supporters.”
Speaking ahead of tonight’s game away to UCD (7.45pm), City manager John Caulfield felt that it was too early to comment regarding the various developments around the FAI right now.
“I think, as a soccer man and a soccer supporter, it’s unfortunate that there’s a lot of negative news and negative issues at the moment,” he said.
“Without going into great detail, we all understand that there are many problems. I’ve always spoken about the League of Ireland and bringing it to a different level but unfortunately we’re still where we’re at.
“From that point of view, there are areas where we’d prefer a lot more work would go in.
“There are lots of revelations and details there but, for me at the moment, it’s not the appropriate time to comment. There’s still a lot of stuff we don’t know about.”
Dáire O’Connor, Cian Murphy and Colm Horgan remain out injured for City while Karl Sheppard and captain Alan Bennett are doubts, though James Tilley is back after suspension.
City have also confirmed that striker Liam Nash has left the club.