Warrenpoint Town's relegation to the Championship has been confirmed, over seven weeks after the conclusion of the Irish Premiership season, after an appeal was rejected in their arbitration hearing.

The club appealed after the IFA had found Carrick Rangers guilty as their - now former - manager Gary Haveron incorrectly served a suspension, but the IFA chose not to punish the club due to 'discretion'.

The arbitrator has found that within their rules, the IFA's exercise of 'discretion' was justified.

Carrick's then-boss Haveron had served a three-match touchline ban, but one of those matches had been his side's victory at Dungannon Swifts in the season's run-in, for which Haveron was present.

It is the latest in a series of decisions that have gone against Warrenpoint. It follows the club conceding a last minute penalty against Dungannon Swifts which resulted in their initial relegation - an officiating decision which was such a stunning miscarriage of justice that it went viral.


An extra bitter pill for Warrenpoint is the punishment handed out to Portadown - a fine, a year-long suspension of signing players on professional contracts and a 12-point deduction starting in the 2016/17 season due to player eligibility and payments.

That both Carrick Rangers and Portadown have now both been found guilty of breaching strict guidelines but not having punishments implemented in terms of league points for the 2015/16 campaign has been contested by both Warrenpoint Town and Ballinamallard United, who will now have to complete their promotion/relegation playoff against Institute.

The second leg of this playoff is scheduled for Wednesday 22nd June at Ferney Park, kick off 7.45pm, with the Mallards holding a 2-1 lead from the first leg which was played seven weeks ago.