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IFA have case to answer as Ports shambles rumbles on

Danske Bank Premiership

By Graham Luney

Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry has slammed the ongoing saga surrounding Portadown's disciplinary appeals as a "disgraceful state of affairs."

Portadown officials were told last night by the Irish FA Appeals Board they will learn verdicts from their appeals against a 12-point deduction and suspension from all football related activity within the next seven days.

The 12-point deduction was originally imposed on Portadown on June 14, and there is still no resolution to the matter nearly four months on.

The deduction was enforced after the club was found to have paid Peter McMahon 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.

Bannsiders chairman McKendry said: "What I want to know from the Irish FA is why has this decision taken so long and why has it taken so long for new evidence to appear?

"I'm astounded, very frustrated and I'd even say it's a disgraceful state of affairs."

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