Bannsiders to appeal points deduction and fine

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Coleraine FC have confirmed they are set to appeal a points deduction and fine issued by the NIFL following their game against Institute at the start of November.

Ruairi Harkin appeared in Coleraine’s 4-0 win on 1 November when he should have been serving a one-match ban.

Coleraine argued they had not been told when the suspension was effective.

A statement issued on the Club website on Friday afternoon confirmed the club would be appelaing the decision: ‘The club were notified of the Northern Ireland Football League’s decision today (Friday) in regards to the playing of Ruairi Harkin in Coleraine’s 4-0 win on 1 November, however an appeal has been lodged.

Club Chairman, Colin McKendry, explained: “We are disappointed with the decision, but we have taken advice on the matter and have lodged an appeal.”

Institute have been fined £500 for breaking league rules by including keeper Eugene Ferry in the same match.

In the Premiership, on loan players are not allowed to play against their parent clubs.

Former Derry City player Ferry is currently on loan from Coleraine.