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Glentoran awaiting latest ruling in row over Gary Hamilton

By Graham Luney

Glentoran have "put forward a robust case" in the Gary Hamilton eligibility saga at Sports Arbitration UK.

The Glens are continuing to fight their corner after the Northern Ireland Football League rejected the club's appeal.

Glentoran have argued that Hamilton should have been suspended when he scored twice in Glenavon's 4-2 win at The Oval on November 8.

Although the Irish FA gave the Lurgan Blues the green light to play Hamilton in the fixture, they later admitted that he should have been banned after being sent off on the touchline in the game against Linfield.

Despite admitting their mistake, the association said information was relayed to Glenavon in good faith and the result should stand. A Glens statement read: "The Club can confirm that our Arbitration hearing regarding Gary Hamilton's eligibility to play against us on November 8, 2014, took place today.

"The Club, represented by Chairman Stephen Henderson, Grahame Jenkins and Aubry Ralph, put forward a robust case. A three man legal team represented the Irish Football Association.

"The UK for Sport Arbitrator will adjudicate within the next 10 days and the club will not be making any further statement until after the ruling."

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