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Lurgan consider options as derby point loss confirmed

By Graham Luney

Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer feels the club is being denied "natural justice" in the David Elebert elgibility case which has cost his club a league point.

Portadown have been awarded a win from the Boxing Day derby between the sides at Shamrock Park, which finished 2-2, after claims the Lurgan Blues had fielded Elebert when he should have been suspended.

Under Irish FA rules, the match has now been recorded as a 3-0 win for the Ports with Glenavon also fined £350.

Elebert  had been banned for one game from December 19 for five bookings, three of which were picked up during reserve team matches.

Glenavon felt Elebert had completed the suspension when he sat out a reserve fixture - and played him believing they had IFA clearance to do so, since disputed.

IFA rules dictate that such suspensions apply to the "more senior team" and that is the basis on which Glenavon have been penalised.

The Mourneview side have four days in which to appeal the decision and the board will meet to decide their next move tonight -but Teer is angry Glenavon were not contacted before being hit with an Irish FA charge.

He said: "The surprising thing from our perspective is we were not asked for our observations on the matter and you would like to think that if you are being charged with doing something wrong you can put your case, but instead we have been charged and there is no natural justice there.

"The board will discuss the matter and the option to appeal is there within four days but we are a part-time league and, after receiving notification late on Wednesday afternoon, it doesn't give us much time to state our case. Whatever happens there are aspects of this case which leave us frustrated and we will be raising the matter with the Irish FA."

The Glenavon chairman also believes disciplinary procedures should be reviewed to prevent more eligibility cases emerging.

"The whole disciplinary system should be reviewed again as it can lead to confusion," he added. "The procedures are not perfect and the Irish FA could do better in terms of offering advice and clarity. There are ambiguities in the Elebert case in particular which disappoint us."

Glenavon have, meanwhile, signed former Coleraine defender Aaron Canning from Loughgall until the end of the season.

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