BALLINAMALLARD United Football Club has refuted accusations that they refused to postpone Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Portadown following the tragic passing of one of their former players Jerry Thompson.
The sudden death of Carrick Rangers player Thompson, 24, rocked local football last Tuesday and his funeral service took place on Saturday morning. Carrick’s Danske Bank Premiership game against Cliftonville was postponed while the kick-off time for the Ports visit to Ferney Park was put back to 5pm so that Portadown players, officials and supporters could attend Mr Thompson’s funeral that morning.
Following the Mallards 4-2 victory the Fermanagh club stood accused by some of refusing to postpone the game but the club released a statement yesterday (Sunday) clarifying that they had never been officially asked for a postponement.
The statement said the club had been asked about the possibility of having the game postponed but before that had been discussed by the committee Portadown requested that the kick-off time be put back instead.
The Ballinamallard statement said, “A Portadown director text the Ballinamallard chairman stating that in consultation with their manager Portadown are now asking that the time for the game be delayed to 5pm on Saturday. This option was discussed with the Ballinamallard committee and manager and accepted.
“At no stage did Ballinamallard refuse to postpone the game to a later date. We acted on the matters raised by Portadown FC and agreed to their request to delay the kick-off time.”
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