Irish League great Paul Kirk has called on the Irish Football Association to support and assist TW Braga and Kilrea United after Fifa imposed whopping fines of 10,000 Swiss francs on each club.
Extraordinary details emerged in Sunday Life at the weekend that world football's governing body had handed severe punishments to Lisburn League youth football team TW Braga and Coleraine and District League village side Kilrea, leaving them fearing for their survival.
Both parties admit they have no idea how they will pay the fines of £8,418.49 and are stunned that if a Fifa fine is below 15,000 Swiss francs, there is no right of appeal.
The issues have arisen due to international clearance and the registration of players.
Kilrea have been hit for fielding English teenager Pierce Hill-Worrall in the latter part of the 2018/2019 campaign, having signed him from Boys FA League outfit Bertie Peacocks in February last year.
Last season, the Coleraine and District League ruled that Hill-Worrall had not been registered properly, leading to Kilrea being deducted nine points and losing a league title. In the summer of 2019, the IFA Appeals Board upheld the decision though noted they had "great sympathy" for Kilrea, who claimed they thought they had done everything right in terms of the registration. Ten months later, Kilrea were rocked when news of the fine reached them.
A Fifa spokesperson said: "The Fifa Disciplinary Committee found Kilrea United responsible for the infringement of the relevant provisions of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players related to the registration of players and the protection of minors."
At the same time, Fifa's Disciplinary Committee dished out the same fine - to be paid within 30 days - to TW Braga, finding the club "responsible for the infringement of the relevant provisions of the Regulations related to the registration of players and the protection of minors".
The case related to the registration of TW Braga's ex-forward Hassan Ayari (17), now with Sheffield United.
TW Braga's Academy Director Tim Wareing and Kilrea say they have been disappointed by Irish FA guidance following their fines.
Former Lisburn Distillery boss Kirk, who as a player won league titles with Glentoran, Crusaders and Linfield, has a personal interest in the story having coached Ayari at TW Braga.
Kirk said: "The Irish FA are our governing body and they should be supporting and helping these two clubs at what is clearly a very worrying and stressful time. They can't wash their hands of this and say it is nothing to do with us. Tim Wareing and TW Braga and Kilrea United should not be left on their own to fight this. The IFA should be stepping in with guidance and helping them.
"I can't believe Fifa have fined a youth team playing in the Lisburn League and Kilrea, who play in the Coleraine and District League. Have Fifa nothing better to do than this? The situation is made even worse in that there is no right of appeal.
"I remember Hassan at TW Braga. He also had spells with Cliftonville and Ards so the international clearance issue surprises me.
"Hassan is a brilliant lad and outstanding footballer with a great family behind him. He has all the qualities to make it."