Ports “shafted” by IFA ruling

Portadown chairman Roy McMahon (left) and director Trevor Marshall during a past presentation of UEFA and Domestic club licences.

Portadown chairman Roy McMahon (left) and director Trevor Marshall during a past presentation of UEFA and Domestic club licences.

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Portadown chairman Roy McMahon has hit out at the Irish Football Association and feels this week’s ruling has “shafted” the club.

The loss of a double appeal against IFA disciplinary measures has left the Ports facing a 12-point league deduction and 3-0 defeat to Coleraine.

The publication of the verdict led to anger from within the Ports fanbase, with many supporters calling for resignations and a change at the top.

McMahon accepts mistakes have been made during a period he considers “tumultuous” in club history but feels now is the time to reflect on the way forward rather than focus on scapegoats.

“We feel shafted by the IFA Appeals Board and consider the verdict extremely harsh when compared to treatment of other clubs,” said McMahon in a ‘Times’ exclusive. “We were shocked by the final ruling and went into the process every step of the way confident our case would result in a positive outcome.

“We have held a meeting and will continue to take stock of the situation but stress everything has been done by the directors for the good of the club.

“We are volunteers and fans so we’re as hurt as much as anyone else by how things have turned out.

“I can appreciate supporters feel hurt but do not accept any accusations of lies by the directors to the fans.”

McMahon has described members of the IFA Appeals Board as “arrogant” and feels the decision to back the punishment as “taking a sledgehammer to open a nut”.

“We consider certain actions by the Appeals Board as unprofessional,” said McMahon. “But now it is about the club sticking together as one, starting on Saturday against Coleraine.”