BALLINAMALLARD United manager Whitey Anderson is prepared to fight tooth and nail to clear the good name of Johnny Lafferty.
On Saturday Lafferty was sent off in the fifth round Irish Cup tie against Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park for ‘violent conduct.’
It is alleged the Urney man headbutted Swifts player Andrew Burns during his team’s 4-2 defeat.
Anderson disputes that version of events and claims Lafferty had knocked Burns over by using his shoulder.
Burns himself has indicated he wasn’t headbutted and Anderson confirmed that the Mallards have appealed the decision.
“The only person in the ground who said it was a headbutt was the linesman,” fumed the Ducks supremo.
“The Dungannon player himself has categorically said it was a shoulder. There was a coming together but certainly no headbutt.
“Johnny put the shoulder in him, which was wrong, but the player went down as if he had been shot.
“He has been reported for violent conduct but we will be contesting that vigorously. To tell you the truth I’m raging.
“It’s an awful accusation to be slurred at anybody when they didn’t do it. We will use every avenue available to clear his name.”
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