Portadown have become embroiled in more controversy after questions were raised on Robert Garrett playing in their win over Ards.

The Irish Football Association's suspension list - published on 10th October - listed Garrett as being suspended for one match, as the result of five yellow cards, starting from 24th October.

The former Northern Ireland international and Linfield star played and scored in Portadown's first competitive match since, Saturday's 3-1 win over Ards in the Irish Premiership.

“I spoke to the club briefly before the game regarding that issue, and I was told he was clear to play as his suspension doesn’t kick-in until the following Monday, so as far as I’m concerned he was clear to play," Ports caretaker boss Vinny Arkins told reporters after the game.

“I know that someone from Ards did indicate before kick-off that they believed he was suspended, so they obviously know more about it than we do. They are obviously getting information from somebody other than us.”

Only 18 days ago, Portadown failed in their appeal to over-turn their 12 points deduction for breaking contractual rules, and today's win saw them climb to 0 points.