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Tuesday, 23 April, 2002, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Pat's lose latest 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
St Patrick's Athletic's hopes of being re-instated as Eircom League champions received a major blow on Tuesday morning.

The Dublin club had 15 points deducted for playing an ineligible player shortly before the end of the Eircom season.

Therefore instead of winning the title by five points, St Patrick's dropped to third in the table.

The club's first appeal to the Football Association of Ireland was rejected.

And on Tuesday morning, the Eircom League, who handed out the penalty, rejected claims by St Pat's that virtually every other club had also breached registration regulations.

The Eircom League said there were "no serious irregularities with the registration forms of any other player".

Eircom League Commissioner Roy Dooney could be under pressure at Saturday's AGM
League Commissioner Roy Dooney

The League officers admitted there were "minor errors" on some other forms, but said that these did not affect the registration of the players concerned.

St Pat's seem certain to continue their appeals against the points deduction.

The matter seems certain to dominate Saturday's Eircom League AGM.

Ahead of the meeting, there has been speculation that Eircom League commissioner Roy Dooney could stand down from his position.

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.

See also:

11 Apr 02 |  Northern Ireland
Shels champions as Pat's lose appeal
05 Apr 02 |  Northern Ireland
St Pat's must wait on fate
23 Mar 02 |  BBC Pundits
Title race has been ruined
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