Warrenpoint Town to play Linfield in Irish Cup as IFA confirm Darren Forsyth’s eligibility

Darren Forsyth
Darren Forsyth

The Irish FA has ruled that Darren Forsyth was eligible to play for Warrenpoint Town’s in last month’s Irish Cup fifth round victory over Coleraine.

Forsyth was used as a substitute in the club’s 3-1 win at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds on January 10.

It means Warrenpoint will remain in the cup and will face Linfield in the sixth round of the competition on Saturday.

The IFA had launched an investigation into whether Forsyth’s transfer from Glenavon broke FIFA rules as Warrenpoint were alleged to be his third club this season.

Under FIFA regulations a player can only play for two teams during the course of a season.

However, Forsyth played for a team in the Republic of Ireland, and Fifa’s definition of a season relates to the top division in any given country. In the League of Ireland, top-flight fixtures run from March to October.

“The Challenge Cup Committee has this week considered the eligibility of Darren Forsyth to participate in the 5th Round Irish Challenge Cup tie for Warrenpoint Town FC against Coleraine FC on Saturday 10th January 2015, following allegations questioning the player’s eligibility,” an IFA statement read on Thursday.

“Having carried out a thorough investigation and after considering all relevant rules, which include the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the IFA Professional Game Player Registration Regulations and the Challenge Cup Competition rules, the committee has determined that Darren Forsyth was eligible to play for Warrenpoint Town and was therefore also eligible to participate in the match against Coleraine FC in the 5th Round of the competition.”