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Warrenpoint appeal controversial relegation ruling from the Irish FA

By Steven Beacom

Warrenpoint Town have opted to appeal against an Irish FA ruling that relegated them and kept Carrick Rangers in the Danske Bank Premiership.

It is the latest twist in a controversial and embarrassing finish to the season which could now drag on until June!

On Wednesday an IFA Disciplinary Committee found that Carrick manager Gary Haveron had not served a three-match ban properly, yet decided not to punish the club facing a three-point deduction which would have taken them bottom of the table confirming their relegation.

The committee indicated that "the interests of justice were best served by not imposing a sanction (on Carrick) in all the circumstances".

That infuriated Warrenpoint, who expressed their 'shock' at the decision, adding that it seemed "to contradict the IFA's obligation to apply objectivity". Last night Town revealed they would be appealing the IFA ruling with the 'desire to reach a speedy resolution'.

With this issue ongoing Ballinamallard and Institute are still waiting to find out if and when they will play the second leg of their promotion/relegation play-off with the Fermanagh side leading 2-1.

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