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Warrenpoint chiefs shocked at IFA's decision to spare Carrick

By Stuart McKinley

Published 20/05/2016

Gary Haveron served the wrong game in a suspension but Warrenpoint are still relegated
Gary Haveron served the wrong game in a suspension but Warrenpoint are still relegated

Warrenpoint Town have accused the Irish FA's Disciplinary Committee of failing to apply objectivity in not imposing a sanction on Carrick Rangers and putting the east Antrim club out of the Premiership.

In a statement Warrenpoint said they were shocked after the Disciplinary Committee found Carrick manager Gary Haveron guilty of breaching rules when he served a three-match suspension in the wrong games, but didn't apply the punishment of a £350 fine and the deduction of three points from a victory against Dungannon Swifts.

The Committee's statement said that it 'decided to exercise its discretion' and that 'the interests of justice were best served by not imposing a sanction' which has left Warrenpoint irate.

In their statement the County Down club said: "The board of Warrenpoint Town FC have read the IFA Disciplinary Committee determination regarding the breach of Article 23.1 of the IFA Disciplinary Code by the Carrick Rangers FC Manager.

"We are shocked that the IFA having found Carrick guilty fail to implement the requisite admonishment as per established rules and deciding to let them off, despite being guilty, seems to contradict the IFA's obligation to apply objectivity.

"The board will be meeting soon to discuss further this matter and the complaint we formally raised surrounding eligibility which is in abeyance."

Had Carrick been deducted three points they would have dropped to the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership and been relegated.

Instead Warrenpoint, who fell to the bottom on the last day when they drew 1-1 with Dungannon, will go into the Championship.

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