The Chairman of the IFA Appeals Board has today deemed that Ballinamallard United FC has no standing to appeal against the recent decision of the IFA Disciplinary Committee to apply no sanction to Carrick Rangers, despite the Committee upholding its original Charge against Carrick Rangers that Gary Haveron breached the terms of his touchline suspension in Carrick’s win at Dungannon Swifts on 26th April.
Article 23.1 of the IFA Disciplinary Code states, “Any player or official who participates in a match whilst being suspended or breaches the terms of his suspension will be sanctioned with a minimum fine of £350 imposed on the club for which he is participating. Additionally, the club will forfeit the match by a score of 3-0.”
The Disciplinary Committee on 18th May exercised its discretion to apply no sanction to Carrick Rangers in what it termed as the “interests of justice”. The Chairman of the Appeals Board has today chosen not to exercise the same discretion available to the Board to hear Ballinamallard’s appeal, and instead has deemed that our appeal is invalid and dismissed.
The club will now consider its position and courses of action available to it. We will advise further at the earliest opportunity.