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Cabinteely held an emergency board meeting after the FAI decision was revealed and they will hold further talks today (stock photo)

Cabinteely held an emergency board meeting after the FAI decision was revealed and they will hold further talks today (stock photo)

Cabinteely held an emergency board meeting after the FAI decision was revealed and they will hold further talks today (stock photo)

Wexford FC have claimed vindication after a decision by an FAI arbitration panel caused a dramatic and late change to the race for promotion to the Premier Division.

A player eligibility issue ultimately saw Cabinteely dumped out of a play-off due to take place tomorrow and replaced in the game by Galway United.

But Cabinteely are still assessing their options after that decision denied them the chance to contest the promotion play-offs - with the possibility of a late challenge ahead of those games.

Wexford had been punished by the FAI for fielding an ineligible player in four First Division games - all four games were recorded as 3-0 losses for the club.

Appeal

Wexford appealed that decision to an FAI arbitration panel, who decided yesterday to overturn that initial punishment.

That had a major impact on the promotion race as one of the four games in question was a 5-1 win for Wexford over Cabinteely in September.

Once that original result was restored and recorded as a Wexford win, three points were taken away from Cabinteely and that moved them down a place in the final league table - allowing Galway to take Cabo's play-off berth.

The FAI later issued a revised fixture list for those play-offs, with Galway away to Bray Wanderers tomorrow.

Cabinteely held an emergency board meeting after the FAI decision was revealed and they will hold further talks today, assessing their options on an appeal.

Irish Independent


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