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Portadown suspension to remain in place, IFA Disciplinary Committee rules

Portadown's opening match of the season at Coleraine on Saturday will not go ahead after the Irish FA Disciplinary Committee decided that the Shamrock Park club's suspension from all football activity will remain in place.

The Ports had been suspended after failing to pay disciplinary fees on time for making undisclosed payments to players.

Even though the fine has now been paid, the Committee did not use the option to exercise their discretion to lift the ban.

What it means is that the game won't be played against the Bannsiders, who will be awarded three points and go to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership without a ball being kicked.

After the IFA Disciplinary Committee met on Wednesday night to discuss the situation, they released the following statement: "The Irish Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee today upheld its decision to suspend Portadown Football Club from all affiliated football for non-payment of disciplinary fines.

"The Committee said having considered points made by Portadown FC, and taking into account Article 9.3 of the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Code as well as being cognisant of Portadown’s Premiership game against Coleraine scheduled for this Saturday, they were not persuaded to exercise discretion in this case.

"The decision means the suspension, which came into effect on Thursday 28th July, will remain in place until the Monday after any payment is made – in accordance with Article 9.3 of the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Code."

In April Portadown were hit with a £5000 fine and a transfer ban on signing players on professional terms until June next year having been deemed to have made undisclosed payments to striker Gary Twigg.

They were also handed a 12 point deduction for the new season, which was supposed to start for them on Saturday.

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