Newry City FC thank IFA following appeal success
Newry City FC have thanked the Irish Football Association following their decision to reinstate the club into the Irish Cup. Newry Times reported last night that City were to face Linfield in the semi-finals of the cup following a sensational u-turn from the Football Association, who initially rejected Newry’s appeal on the eligibility of Ballymena United’s Alan Davidson.
In a club statement, Newry City said, “Newry City Football Club would like to thank the IFA’s Appeals Board for hearing and upholding our Appeal this evening (March 19) against the Irish FA Challenge Cup Committee’s decision to dismiss the clubs protest over the eligibility of Ballymena United FC’s Alan Davidson in the JJB Sports Irish Cup Quarter-Final game on Saturday March 3, 2012.”
“We believe that this is the correct decision not only for football and the Challenge Cup, but also to uphold the integrity of the game. The club would like to thank our Chairman, Management Committee and John Turley of Tughans Solicitors for all their hard work in stating our case to the Appeals Board and we now look forward to facing Linfield in the Semi-Final of the JJB Sports Irish Cup on Saturday March 31.”
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