Newry City FC reinstated to Irish Cup following successful appeal to IFA
The Irish Football Association have today accepted Newry City FC’s appeal over the eligibility of Ballymena United’s Alan Davidson in a recent JJB Sports Irish Cup Quarter-Final. Newry appealed over the registration of Davidson, who registered for Ballymena United on the 28th February, after the 31st January deadline.
Newry lost 2-1 in the game, with Davidson himself scoring. The Irish Football Association initially rejected City’s appeal, however City pursued releasing a statement at the time saying, “Newry City FC sincerely hopes that both the sporting integrity of the competition and the principle of equality of treatment are maintained by the Appeals Committee, delivering a clear and consistent application of IFA Challenge Cup rules. We are disappointed that historic Challenge Cup rules have been discarded for a legal opinion that we believe challenges the very fabric of the IFA Challenge Cup.”
Today the IFA announced that, “After a lengthy and detailed consideration of the submissions made by Newry City FC and the IFA Challenge Cup Committee the Appeals Board unanimously upheld the appeal of Newry City FC.”
The decision means that Newry will now face Linfield in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup on the 31st March.
IFA Statement in full:
The Irish FA’s Appeals Board met this evening (19 March) to consider the appeal by Newry City Football Club against the Irish FA Challenge Cup Committee’s decision to dismiss their protest over the eligibility of Ballymena United player Alan Davidson in the JJB Sports Irish Cup Quarter-Final game on Saturday, 3 March 2012.
After a lengthy and detailed consideration of the submissions made by Newry City FC and the IFA Challenge Cup Committee the Appeals Board unanimously upheld the appeal of Newry City FC and found that Ballymena United’s Alan Davidson was not eligible to play in the above match. Newry City FC are therefore reinstated into the 2012 JJB Sports Irish Cup.
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