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IFA fails to reach decision over Portadown 12-point deduction appeal

By Graham Luney

Portadown have been made to sweat another few days after the Irish Football Association failed to reach a verdict on Monday night following the club's appeals against a 12-point deduction and suspension from all football related activity.

The points deduction, imposed by the IFA Disciplinary Committee as far back as June this year, was enforced after the club was found to have paid Peter McMahon – who is now at Dungannon Swifts – while he was registered as an amateur.

The suspension related to the club's failure to pay disciplinary fees for undisclosed payments to players and it led to the postponement of Portadown's Danske Bank Premiership opener at Coleraine in August.

A verdict was expected on Mondaynight after the Ports had submitted documentary evidence as part of their case but the outcome was a further delay.

An Irish FA statement read: “The Appeals Board of the Irish FA reconvened this evening to consider the appeals from Portadown Football Club against decisions by the Irish FA Disciplinary Committee.

“The Board heard further evidence from Portadown Football Club and additional clarifications from the Disciplinary Committee.

“The Appeals Board will now consider the evidence heard and will provide a full, reasoned decision in writing within the next seven days.”

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