Warrenpoint Town relegated after appeal dismissed

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

Warrenpoint Town's appeal against their Premiership relegation has been rejected after an arbitration hearing.

The club appealed the IFA's decision not to impose a penalty on Carrick Rangers after then manager Gary Haveron incorrectly served a ban.

A successful appeal would have left Carrick relegated and Warrenpoint in a promotion/relegation play-off.

The decision means Ballinamallard and Institute will meet in the play-off second leg on Wednesday (19:45 BST).

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

How they finished at the bottom of the Irish Premiership
How they finished at the bottom of the Irish Premiership

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.

Carrick faced a possible three-point deduction and relegation from the top flight, plus a possible fine of at least £350, if the outcome of the hearing had not gone in their favour.

The play-off first leg, which Ballinamallard won 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium, took place on 6 May with the second leg delayed until the relegation controversy was resolved.

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