Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Platt hits out at cup decision delay

Coleraine boss David Platt has hit out at the IFA over its delay in finding a solution to the abandoned Irish Cup tie between Newry and Larne.

The Showgrounds manager last night admitted he is angry that his side won't be involved in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

A Commission set up to rule on the matter, was stood down and the Executive Board which met last night, has decided to make the decision themselves.

“Six weeks to make a decision is nothing short of disgraceful,” says Platt.

“We have been told that we will not be involved in the Irish Cup on Saturday but instead we will be expected to play a league game against Lisburn Distillery.

Larne were fined £1,200, with players Anthony Lagan banned until 31 May and Robert White and Brian Neeson both suspended for two games and fined £75 each. Inver Park boss Paul Millar received a four-game ban.

Newry who had Cullen Feeney banned for two games and fined £75, had their appeal against an £800 fine dismissed.

Meanwhile, Coleraine have a league game at home to Institute tonight.

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