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Glenavon and Cliftonville have appeals knocked back

By Graham Luney

Glenavon have lost their appeal against the sanction imposed after David Elebert was ruled ineligible for the club's Boxing Day derby against Portadown.

The Lurgan Blues fought the punishment but the Irish FA Disciplinary Committee concluded that ultimate responsibility for ensuring player eligibility lies with the club.

The club was fined £350 and ordered to forfeit the match by a 3-0 scoreline. Elebert was banned for one game from December 19 and Glenavon thought that was served by sitting out a reserve match.

Glenavon argued they queried Elebert's eligibility with the Irish FA and he was only selected following its advice. They provided both written and verbal submissions in arguing their case but it was unsuccessful and now the club has a right of appeal under Article 14 of the Irish FA's Articles of Association.

Meanwhile, the Irish FA disciplinary committee has also rejected Cliftonville's challenge regarding Jason McGuinness' six-match ban.

McGuinness was dismissed for a headbutt on Garry Breen during a league match against Portadown. The committee was not satisfied that an obvious error had occurred and the sanction was upheld. The six-match suspension will begin on Monday.

The Reds said yesterday that Breen has signed a pre-contract agreement and will join the Solitude side in the summer.

Cliftonville have also signed former Portadown striker Aaron Haire while Gary Donnelly has been recalled from his loan spell with Larne.

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