Shels chief Byrne to persist with legal battle

THE eircom League war may be over but another battle rages on.

Despite his club securing the title on the pitch against Bohemians on Friday night, Shelbourne chief executive Ollie Byrne is persisting with legal action over the Sean Hargan affair and, if successful, the result would have a significant impact on the final league placings and qualification for Europe.

Derry City fielded defender Hargan while suspended earlier in the season but the club successfully appealed on the grounds that the League and the FAI’s disciplinary commission had failed to abide by the correct procedures.

However, Ollie Byrne insists that the League runners-up should still be deducted nine points, citing the punishments already meted out this season to Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers for similar infractions.

“I’m not having a go at Derry City,” says Byrne. “People have to realise that the League can’t make one decision today and another tomorrow. The FAI, the disciplinary commission and the board of control have explanations to give to Cork, Drogheda and Shelbourne football clubs.”

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