Portadown hit with £10k fine and 12-month transfer embargo after IFA player payment probe
Portadown have been hit with a £10,000 fine and a 12-month transfer embargo after being found guilty of two offences by the Irish FA's Disciplinary Committee.
The two matters relate to payments to players, after an investigation that was carried out by the Northern Ireland Football League.
After a four-hour hearing the committee imposed an immediate fine of £5,000, with a further £5,000 suspended until June 1 2017.
The Ports won't be allowed to add any new professional players to their squad either this summer or during the transfer window in January 2017.
An Irish FA statement said: "In light of the evidence, the committee found two matters proven and taking into account the evidence presented and the nature of the offences, imposed the following sanctions: A fine of £10,000, £5000 payable within 14 days and £5000 suspended until 1 June 2017.
"A prohibition on Portadown FC from signing any new professional players on a new professional contract until 1 June 2017."