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29/07/2021

Local soccer club's future in doubt after being hit by FIFA fine

Regulation dictates no avenue for appeal exists

Local soccer club's future in doubt

Kilrea United's future is under threat after FIFA's Disciplinary Committee hit them with a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs (CHF), one that cannot be appealed under FIFA's Disciplinary Code.

It follows an eligibility dispute over teenager Pierce Worrall-Hill, dating back to the 2018/19 season and a move from youth team Bertie Peacocks.

At the time, they were hit with a nine-point deduction.  This fine, which is the equivalent of £8,330, would put their club's existence in danger.

FIFA's article 57.1, in their Disciplinary Code, highlights any admissibility of appeals.

57.1 - An appeal may be lodged with the Appeal Committee against any decision passed by the Disciplinary Committee, unless the disciplinary measure pronounced is:

(a) – a warning

(b) – a reprimand

(c) – a suspension of up to two matches or up to two months (with the exception of doping-related decisions)

(d) - a fine of up to 15,000 CHF imposed on an association or a club or or up to 7,500 CHF in other cases

(e) - decisions passed in compliance of article 15 of this code

As outlined above, part (d) highlights that no avenue for appeal is available, given Kilrea's fine coming under the limit.

Kilrea are coached, once a week, by current Coleraine player Eoin Bradley, who played for the club for '12 or 13' years during Derry GAA team's off season.

Local players Paddy McNeill (captain), Paddy and Benny Quigg are among those in a squad that includes Loughgiel men Eddie and Tony McCloskey.

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