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The Irish Federation’s Challenge Cup Committee discussions on the official protest by the Crusaders are ongoing. A quick response is expected this afternoon. The final is scheduled for tonight at Mourneview Park.

After legal advice, the crusaders have filed a protest against the semi-finals of the Irish Cup on Tuesday.

The club verbally shared details of their protest with IFA and emailed them a copy of the documentation.

The protest describes what the club calls “multiple separate violations of Laws 10 and 14 of the IFAB Laws of the Game”.

Larne eventually won the penalty shootout 6-5 to secure a spot in the final against Linfield after the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes at Mourneview Park.

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But the Crues claim that a Larne player was not removed from the game after goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey was sent off for leaving his line three times.

And the North Belfast club have also argued that Tuffey was in line when he saved Josh Robinson’s penalty from being fired and that Larne goalkeeper Conor Mitchell had also left his line and went unpunished.

A spokesman for the Irish Association said: “I can confirm that the Irish Association has received correspondence from Crusaders FC regarding the semi-final of the Irish Cup between Larne and Crusaders at Mourneview Park on Tuesday.

” The association will At this point in time, do not comment on this correspondence.

“The association’s staff have been asked to continue their preparations for the Irish Cup final, which is due to take place tomorrow evening (7.45 am) at Mourneview Park.”

Crusaders stated: “After legal consultation, Crusaders FC confirms that an official protest has been filed with the IFA Challenge Cup Committee regarding the above game under rule 18 of the competition.

“To minimize disruption to the competition and to keep the schedules extremely tight, the details of the protest were orally communicated to the IFA and a copy of the documentation was also forwarded by email.

“The protest describes several separate violations of Laws 10 and 14 of the IFAB Laws of the Game.

” NOT taken legal action as has been misrepresented in the press. “

Clubs usually have the right to appeal against decisions. If the Crues go that route, the question arises: will it stop the final?

Tiernan Lynch, Larne’s manager, said he sympathized with any team lost in a cup semi-final and added that The impact of the shooting would not have distracted his team’s focus on the big game.

“Even after their semi-final defeat, I sympathize with David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin,” he said. “It is difficult to get to a semi-finals, to lose one, because a lot of time and work is cruel.” But unfortunately that’s football.

“My concentration and everyone’s concentration at Larne Football Club will be in the final on Friday evening.

” Our job at the moment is to concentrate fully on football, and that is the only thing we talk and think about. “

” It was an eventful ending to the game, but it was out of our control, “he said. “We are only concentrating on the final. It would be very disappointing if the final were postponed, but it’s out of our control and we have to try to keep this out of the minds of the players and management. “

Today’s final will be played in front of 1,000 fans. The showpiece is referred to as a” learning event “by the Northern Irish executive.

” It will be the first time in over a year that we’ve had 1,000 or more fans in have a national game and it’s a big boost for the game, “said Martin.” I’m also delighted that up to 500 spectators will be able to attend outdoor sporting events starting next week. “

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