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30 Apr 2020

The IFA Appeals Board have ruled on an appeal lodged by Knockbreda regarding the eligibility of Marcio Soares of Loughgall in the Bluefin Sport Championship fixture on 28 September 2019.

Following receipt of the IFA Appeals Board determination, an Independent Commission set up by the NI Football League was reconvened to consider its findings. 

Having noted the instruction of the IFA Appeals Committee the NI Football League’s Independent Commission also noted the matches in which Marcio Soares participated prior to the above fixture: 

  • 14 September 2019                Loughgall Reserves v Ballinamallard United Reserves (U20 Championship/PIL Development League) 
  • 21 September 2019                Loughgall v Ards (Bluefin Sport Championship)

In accordance with Rule 35a of the Championship Rules and Rule 26a of the U20 Championship/PIL Development League Rules, Loughgall FC is fined £375 in respect of Mario Soares’ participation in the above matches.

In addition, Loughgall shall forfeit all above fixtures and their opponents shall be awarded three points in respect of each match and a scoreline of 3-0 recorded in its favour.