City fined after fan abuses Bray player

Cork City have been fined by the FAI after one of its supporters racially abused Bray Wanderers player Ismahil Akinade at last week’s home game at Turners Cross.

A statement on the club’s website confirmed the incident took place but they have not, as yet, found the perpetrator.

“Efforts to identify the perpetrator have been unsuccessful and the club appeals to all supporters to assist in identifying the person responsible, who was standing in the area between the Donie Forde Stand and the Curragh Road stand.

“Should the perpetrator be identified, their identity will be forwarded to all relevant authorities and the individual will face an indefinite ban from attending fixtures,” the statement added.

The club said it had a “zero-tolerance approach to racist behaviour” and branded the abuse “deplorable” and apologised to Bray.

Meanwhile, the Airtricity League Premier Division’s Munster contingent are facing a brace of high-fliers this evening as Limerick host leaders Sligo Rovers at Thomond Park and Cork City head to the Brandywell to take on third-placed Derry City.

Limerick are dealing with what club manager Stuart Taylor is labelling their biggest injury crisis of the season. And no wonder when you scan the sick list: Pat Purcell, Steven McGann, Dom Foley and Robbie Williams will definitely miss the game while Dave O’Leary, Brian O’Callaghan, Aaron Brown, Shaun Kelly, Shane Costelloe and Barry Ryan are all rated doubtful.

Craig Curran is expected to play wearing protective headgear but Jeffrey Judge misses out as a result of the red card he picked up in Limerick’s last league outing against UCD.

For Sligo, Ciaran Kelly and Seamus Conneely are back in the squad from injury but Evan McMillan is out for four to five weeks following a minor knee operation. Danny North is closing in on a return but will not feature.

Two points behind Limerick in eighth place and struggling for consistency, Cork City travel to Derry hoping a good away display will compensate for poor home form.

“We need to get a result because when you lose home games like we have, then you need to pick points up on the road,” said manager Tommy Dunne. “Derry is a difficult place to do that, but I have no doubt that if there’s one team that can get a result in the Brandywell, then it’s us.”

Darren Dennehy returns from suspension, but fellow central defender Kevin Murray suffered a recurrence of his groin injury in the EA Sports Cup win in Wexford and will be sidelined for a number of weeks. And while both Brian Lenihan and Neal Horgan are available again, Denis Behan is out with a knee injury and, having picked up an ankle injury against Wexford, Danny Furlong is a major doubt.

Derry welcome back Barry Molloy and Ryan McBride who sat out Monday’s tie with Finn Harps through suspension, while Paddy Kavanagh (hamstring), Ruaidhri Higgins (groin) and Thomas Crawley (hamstring) miss out through injury.

Tonight’s other Premier Division games are Bohemians v St Pats, Bray Wanderers v Drogheda United, Dundalk v UCD and Shamrock Rovers v Shelbourne (8pm). In the First Division it’s Athlone Town v Waterford United, Cobh Ramblers v Salthill Devon, Mervue United v Longford Town and Wexford Youths v Finn Harps (8pm). Unless otherwise stated, games kick off at 7.45pm

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CourtsSoccerPlace: Turners CrossPlace: Donie Forde standPlace: Curragh RoadPlace: Thomond ParkPlace: WexfordPerson: Ismahil AkinadePerson: BrayPerson: Stuart TaylorPerson: Pat PurcellPerson: Steven McGannPerson: Dom FoleyPerson: Robbie WilliamsPerson: Dave O’LearyPerson: Brian O’CallaghanPerson: Aaron BrownPerson: Shaun KellyPerson: Shane CostelloePerson: Barry RyanPerson: Craig CurranPerson: Jeffrey JudgePerson: Ciaran KellyPerson: Seamus ConneelyPerson: Evan McMillanPerson: Danny NorthPerson: Tommy DunnePerson: Darren DennehyPerson: Kevin MurrayPerson: Brian LenihanPerson: Neal HorganPerson: Denis BehanPerson: Danny FurlongPerson: Barry MolloyPerson: Ryan McBridePerson: Finn HarpsPerson: Paddy KavanaghPerson: Ruaidhri HigginsPerson: Thomas CrawleyEvent: EA Sports CupEvent: Premier DivisionOrganisation: CityOrganisation: BrayOrganisation: Cork CityOrganisation: FAIOrganisation: Bray WanderersOrganisation: Airtricity League Premier DivisionOrganisation: MunsterOrganisation: LimerickOrganisation: Sligo RoversOrganisation: Derry CityOrganisation: UCDOrganisation: SligoOrganisation: DerryOrganisation: BrandywellOrganisation: WexfordOrganisation: BohemiansOrganisation: St PatsOrganisation: Drogheda UnitedOrganisation: DundalkOrganisation: Shamrock RoversOrganisation: ShelbourneOrganisation: Athlone TownOrganisation: Waterford UnitedOrganisation: Cobh RamblersOrganisation: Salthill DevonOrganisation: Mervue UnitedOrganisation: Longford TownOrganisation: Wexford YouthsOrganisation: Finn
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