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02 May 2023

The NI Football League can confirm we have met and held discussions with all affected member clubs this morning (Tuesday 2 May) to look at possible outcomes and timelines to finish the current season.

All parties have agreed there is no other option but to allow the Warrenpoint Town appeals process to run its course and have agreed provisional dates of Tuesday 30 May and Saturday 3 June for the Promotion-Relegation Playoffs.

The hearing for Warrenpoint Town’s appeal has been scheduled for Wednesday 10 May, and NIFL will review the playoff dates week commencing Monday 15 May - but can confirm that no matches will take place earlier than the provisional dates outlined.

Gerard Lawlor, NI Football League Chief Executive stated, “We as an organisation find ourselves caught up in a situation that we have no control over or involvement in.

“We envisage this situation will continue for a number of weeks and it will have an impact on the league at all levels, so we have worked to provide a provisional clear pathway for clubs to complete their seasons. It is imperative we continue to engage and communicate with member clubs as best we can.

“I have total sympathy with all sides in a very unfortunate situation, and we will continue to support where possible and hopefully the correct outcome will emerge at the end of the process.”

The European Playoff series will continue as planned, with confirmation of fixtures and dates to be announced following the Irish Cup Final.

Provisional Dates for Playoffs

Tuesday 30 May 2023
Premiership Promotion-Relegation Playoff – First Leg
Championship Promotion-Relegation Playoff – First Leg

Saturday 3 June 2023
Premiership Promotion-Relegation Playoff – Second Leg
Championship Promotion-Relegation Playoff – Second Leg