Carrick Rangers in plea to IFA over dugout ban that could lead to relegation
Carrick Rangers will urge the Irish FA's disciplinary committee to consider that manager Gary Haveron DID spend three matches away from the dugout and spare them from relegation when they issue their response over the boss's suspension today.
The east Antrim club is also expected to raise the fact that they believe another boss in the Danske Bank Premiership served a ban in a wrong game last season and was only punished with a fine.
The IFA began an investigation after it emerged that Haveron was on the bench for their penultimate league game of the season against Dungannon Swifts when he should have been completing a three-match suspension.
Haveron did, however, miss three other games before that as a punishment for being sent from the line minutes from the end of their dramatic 4-3 win over Crusaders on March 22 - the same three matches that captain Aaron Harmon sat out after he was red-carded in the same game.
If the committee determines that Haveron has broken rules then it is almost certain that Carrick will lose the three points from their 3-1 victory over the Swifts.
That would see them drop to the bottom of the Premiership table and mean they will be immediately relegated to the Championship.
In turn, Ballinamallard United would move up to 10th place and be safe, while Warrenpoint Town, who finished bottom of the table after a dramatic final day of the season, would jump to 11th and go into a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off against Institute.
e Dungannon Swifts manager Rodney McAree has informed striker Gary Liggett that he won't be offered a new contract by the club.
The 28-year-old made 21 league appearances in the season just finished - scoring three goals - but 18 of those came as a substitute.