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Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Shels champions as Pat's lose appeal
Pat Dolan's side claimed five more points on the field of play than Shelbourne
Pat Dolan's club seem certain to launch further appeals
The Football Association of Ireland have rejected St Patrick's Athletic's appeal against the deduction of 15 Eircom League points.

Effectively, the decision means that Shelbourne are Eircom League Champions although it seems certain that St Pat's will launch further appeals.

The FAI's appeal board stated that the Eircom League's investigation into breaches of the rules on registration would result in the rules being applied and points deducted accordingly.

As it now stands, Shelbourne are the champions while Shamrock Rovers will also leapfrog St Pat's to claim a place in the Uefa Cup.

St Pat's claimed five more points on the field of play than fellow-Dublin club Shelbourne.

Keely resignation

However, league officials deducted the Inchicore club 15 points when it learned that Charles Mbabazi Livingston had been incorrectly registered at the start of the season.

That followed an earlier decision by the league to return nine points to St Pat's that had been deducted for playing another unregistered player.

Both St Pat's and Shelbourne refused the offer of a two-legged play-off to decide this year's championship.

Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely resigned his position amid the controversy.

See also:

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