PORTS BAN RAP IS UPHELD BY IFA.
Byline: GARETH FULLERTON
PORTADOWN have failed in their bid to have a 12-point deduction overturned.
The Irish FA appeals board revealed yesterday that the penalty - will stand.
In another blow, Coleraine have been awarded a 3-0 win over the Ports after a Premiership game between the sides was postponed back in August.
The postponement was enforced after Portadown were suspended for the non-payment of a PS5,000 fine. The 12-point penalty had been imposed in relation to a regulation breach involving former player Peter McMahon.
An IFA appeals board rejected the club's appeal against both punishments.
It means Portadown remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership on minus six points, while Coleraine move up to third spot above Cliftonville and Ballymena United.
The club's 12-point deduction was imposed after Portadown were found to have paid former player McMahon while he was registered as an amateur.
Appeals board chairman Joseph McCrisken accused Pat McGibbon's (above) side of a "breathtaking breach of sporting integrity".