Ports handed fine and Mouncey issued ban due to Facebook post

Portadown's Tim Mouncey. Pic by PressEye Ltd
Portadown's Tim Mouncey. Pic by PressEye Ltd

Portadown have been handed a £100 fine by the Irish Football Association, with Tim Mouncey to serve a one-match suspension, following comments made by the player on Facebook.

Mouncey posted the following on April 14: “Yet again the referees and linesmen in our league have just shown that they are incapable of refereeing at the highest level in Northern Ireland let alone Europe . Chris casement got his appeal turned down and is forced to miss the irish cup final after losing his appeal . How can this happen when the player he supposedly head butted was there tonight to testify that he didn’t get head butted , experienced referee in crangle , Kennedy and the assessor all seen video evidence and said it be lucky for yellow card and no headbutt, yet the linesman who was 80 yards on far side of pitch seen a headbutt . Absolute disgrace . They should be ashamed of themselves . Not big enough to admit they made a mistake . They are an embarrassment to irish league football”.

The committee found his post in breach of Article 16.1 of the IFA Disciplinary Code relating to Media and Social Medial Comments: “If a player or official makes comments in the media or social media in which (a) they imply bias, question integrity and/or bring the game into disrepute or (b) are abusive, offensive and/or insulting and such comments are considered to be football related, they will be sanctioned with a minimum 1 match suspension and a minimum fine of £100 which will be imposed on their club”.

A club spokesman has confirmed Portadown officials do not plan on lodging an appeal and have accepted the disciplinary action.

It is understood that Portadown manager Ronnie McFall was also issued with a warning over comments made following the Irish Cup final.