Limerick have released a statement about "disgusting and totally counterproductive" criticism of their players from home spectators at the Markets Field during their matches.

Tommy Barrett’s side sit in ninth place in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division with just three wins in 16 matches, with crowds plummeting at the ground to as low as 700 on some occasions.

A reduced budget has seen some local players introduced to increase numbers in the squad but the club say they have been the target of the flak.

A statement on their website read: "The club have received complaints about the actions of some people at our games. This extends to non-football related chanting, which is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

"Unfortunately, and sadly, certain people – which we will not address as supporters as they are the total opposite – have aimed abuse at some of our own players, and in particular, most disappointingly towards some of our homegrown, local players.

"We find this to be disgusting and totally counterproductive to the goal of the players and all concerned.

"Tommy Barrett, his management team and players have worked extremely hard this season in ensuring that we are competitive in a very difficult Premier Division.

"When merited, we have praised the fantastic vocal support that makes a huge difference to the team’s performances on the pitch.

"However, we are very disappointed that a certain faction has decided to row against the team and club in our bid to maintain top-flight football in the city and region."

The club have asked for supporters that are not behind their players to stay away from the ground. 

"We do not want and do not need these people at our games as it is having a negative impact on our players," the statement continued. 

"As one, we wish to move forward together, positively, and look forward to our upcoming games and securing more valuable points.

"Our next home game is against Saint Patrick’s Athletic at the Markets Field on Friday and we encourage everybody with an interest in Limerick FC to come out and support us."