Belfast Telegraph

This farce sours brilliant end to league season ­ Mallards boss

By Graham Luney

Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson has called the Irish League's end of season relegation wrangle a "complete and utter farce" and has pleaded with the Irish FA and Northern Ireland Football League to sort out the mess quickly. A thrilling end to the Premiership season, topped off by a showcase Irish Cup Final, has ended on a sour note with yet another damaging eligibility controversy.

Anderson's side were due to take on Institute at Ferney Park tonight in the second leg of their promotion/relegation play-off clash but it was postponed by NIFL after relegated Warrenpoint Town raised concerns over player eligibility and touchline bans.

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron was handed a three-match touchline ban but it is claimed he should not have been in the dugout for Carrick's win over Dungannon Swifts on April 23 and that he sat out a match when he was not banned.

The Irish FA's Disciplinary Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow night but Anderson, who is booked to travel to Spain on holiday tomorrow, said: "After an exciting season, this whole thing is a complete and utter farce. The powers that be must take immediate action, without delay. The whole thing is simply mind-blowing."

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