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Glentoran boss Patterson wants IFA errors to be punished


Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

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Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Eddie Patterson has called for heads to roll at the Irish Football Association when blunders arise.

The Glentoran boss is still fuming after the club lost their latest appeal against Glenavon's Premiership win at the Oval in November.

Lurgan Blues player/manager Gary Hamilton scored twice in the game but should actually have been serving a ban.

Glenavon were given the wrong advice by the Irish FA but the association still confirmed the result and Sports Arbitration UK refused to overturn that decision.

Patterson feels someone at the Irish FA should he held accountable for the blunder in the same way clubs are punished for mistakes they make.

"My issue with the Irish FA is that they tell us that volunteers sit on their disciplinary panel but the advice that was given to Glenavon came from an employee of the IFA who clearly does not know the Fifa rules," the Glens boss said in an interview for club sponsors A McLean Bookmakers.

"We all have volunteers who work at clubs who do registration and secretarial work and when mistakes are made clubs are fined or lose points so someone from the Irish FA needs to be held accountable for this error.

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"If an employee of the Irish FA does not know the rules of Fifa then he or she should not be in their position."

The latest eligibility storm centres around Warrenpoint Town striker Darren Forsyth. An IFA probe is focused on whether the transfer from Glenavon broke Fifa rules because Warrenpoint would have been Forsyth's third club this season.

Patterson added: "There is an onus on the club to be aware of the player's circumstances but the IFA would have held his registration which would have shed light on his situation and where things were coming from."

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