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Points deduction threat hangs over Ports

Portadown are still facing the threat of relegation - but not for breaking the Irish FA's Salary Cap Protocol.

The Ports were hit with a £10,000 fine, half of it suspended until the end of next season, and banned from signing professional players until June 2017 by the IFA's Disciplinary Committee on Monday night after being found guilty of making undisclosed payments to two players.

The Shamrock Park club were found not to have breached the SCP and were therefore spared the automatic sanction of being thrown out of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Instead the punishments dished out were for bringing the game into disrepute, under Article 17 of the IFA's Articles of Association.

The matter, however, does not end there.

The Northern Ireland Football League, who sparked the disciplinary proceedings after finding irregularities in an investigation into undisclosed payments, must now determine the eligibility of one of those players, midfielder Tim Mouncey, who was registered by Portadown as an amateur.

If Mouncey is deemed ineligible then Portadown will lose 18 points from the games in which he has played this season, resulting in almost certain relegation.

The disciplinary committee has now been asked to reveal its full findings.

In a statement released to the Belfast Telegraph, NIFL said: "The NI Football League have requested details of the determination of the Irish FA Disciplinary Committee."


Belfast Telegraph