Warrenpoint Premiership relegation appeal verdict expected on Monday

Warrenpoint Town were relegated after a dramatic final day of the season
Warrenpoint Town were relegated after a dramatic final day of the season

The Irish Premiership relegation controversy involving Warrenpoint Town looks to be nearing a conclusion.

The Irish FA said on Saturday said the artibration decision on Warrenpoint's appeal against their relegation would be announced on Monday.

Warrenpoint are appealing against the IFA's decision not to impose a penalty on Carrick Rangers after then manager Gary Haveron incorrectly served a ban.

New dates for the promotion-relegation play-off have also been announced.

If Warrenpoint's appeal is rejected, Ballinamallard United's second leg will take place at Ferney Park on Wednesday next (19:45 BST), with the Fermanagh club 2-1 up from the first leg at Drumahoe.

However, if Warrenpoint's appeal is successful, with Carrick Rangers relegated, the county Down club will be in action on Wednesday in a play-off first leg against Institute at Drumahoe with the second leg taking place on Monday, 27 June.

An IFA Disciplinary Committee opted not to punish Carrick, despite finding that their former manager Haveron had not properly served a touchline ban.

The committee said it was exercising its discretion in the matter.

Haveron sat out a three-game ban handed out by the IFA, but was in the dugout for his club's match against Dungannon Swifts on 23 April when he should not have been.

The Irish Premiership's relegation muddle has been further complicated by a 12-point deduction handed to Portadown for next season after they were found guilty of a registration breach involving winger Peter McMahon.

An Irish FA disciplinary hearing ruled that McMahon had been paid while registered on amateur forms.

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