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David Martin closer to IFA presidency as unrivalled nomination is ratified

David Martin is one step closer to becoming the Irish FA's next President.

The former IFA treasurer, who along with ex-President Raymond Kennedy was removed from his position in 2010 by then Sports Minister Nelson McCausland, had his nomination as President ratified by the Association's Council last night.

All that remains for Martin to take the post when current President Jim Shaw's term in office runs out is for him to be voted in at the IFA's AGM, which will take place at Windsor Park on Tuesday, June 28.

As he is the only nomination, that is expected to be a simple rubber-stamping exercise.

The IFA Council will then have 14 days to elect offices, which again is likely to be a formality.

The nominations of Linfield board member Jack Grundie and County Antrim FA chairman Crawford Wilson as vice-Presidents were also ratified.

Meanwhile, the Irish FA's Appeals Board will tonight hear Portadown's appeal against punishments imposed for bringing the game into disrepute.

The Shamrock Park club were hit with a £10,000 fine and a 14-month signing ban after being deemed guilty of making undisclosed payments to players.

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