Kilrea United have confirmed that they will be able to pay FIFA's 10,000 Swiss francs fine after receiving an influx of generous donations from across the Irish League.
Coleraine and District League side Kilrea, along with Lisburn League Youth team TW Braga, were slapped with the fine - which is just under £8,500 - for fielding an unregistered player.
Kilrea were punished for playing 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.
That saw them deducted nine points by the league, causing them to miss out on the title, however worse was to come when FIFA imposed the hefty fine on the club, which left them worried for their survival.
A FIFA spokesperson commented: "On 18 May 2020, 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."
But after passionate pleas from figures across the Irish League, such as former Kilrea and now Coleraine striker Eoin Bradley and Larne owner Kenny Bruce, the club have confirmed they have received enough money to pay the fine and save their club.
The club set up a GoFundMe page which has, as of noon on Thursday, raised £10,595 which is more than enough to pay the fine, with the club also confirming that they will donate the excess funds to charity.
Kilrea United Football Club would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated to help save our football club.— Kilrea United Football Club (@KilreaUnitedFC) June 4, 2020
8,500 raised in under 24 hours.
Any further money that is donated will be given to charity
Again we canât thank everyone enough
TW Braga, meanwhile, are facing the same fine after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee determined the club were "responsible for the infringement of the relevant provisions of the Regulations related to the registration of players and the protection of minors".
The issue arose with FIFA investigating the registration of TW Braga's ex-forward from New York, 17-year-old Hassan Ayari, who is now with Sheffield United.
The club have also started a GoFundMe page to raise funds to pay their fine, which can be accessed here.