Linfield can confirm that we received correspondence from NIFL on Wednesday evening suggesting that our home fixture v Glentoran would be moved from Easter Tuesday due to a PSNI decision relating to operational pressures as a result of the upcoming US Presidential visit. 

While we accept that this decision may be necessary, given policing levels, we have concerns at the impact of this short notice change on our supporters. Furthermore, we were bemused that two other NIFL fixtures have been given permission to go ahead in North Belfast, under three miles from Windsor Park. 

Given that there are only five league games left, in the interests of fairness and equality, we suggested to NIFL that all Easter Tuesday games, be moved to Tuesday 18th April as there is currently a scheduled game for TV involving one of the impacted clubs on Friday 14th April. This would ensure no team would be afforded a sporting advantage, or suffer a sporting disadvantage. 

We outlined our position to NIFL and expressed a strong desire to engage in face to face meetings with both the PSNI and NIFL. We have not been afforded that opportunity. 

This is an extremely disappointing outcome which impacts our loyal supporters who have bought tickets for this game in good faith and made arrangements accordingly during the busy Easter period.

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