As most visitors to this website will be aware our scheduled promotion/relegation play-off game against Ballinamallard on Tuesday night was postponed following a statement from the Northern Ireland Football League. The situation is very fluid and relates to ongoing investigations into alleged breaches of regulations by both Carrick Rangers FC and Portadown FC. Whilst the details of the allegations are available in the press and on social media they are not a topic for consideration on this site. However, the eventual outcome of these investigations will undoubtedly have some implications for Institute Football Club and consequently I feel that is important that we ensure our supporters, sponsors, and other interested parties are kept informed so that we might avoid the often detrimental impact of the infamous ‘rumour mill’.
The specifics of the situation are as follows: NIFL and the IFA must follow appropriate and pre-determined procedures in order to ascertain the truth of the allegations that have been made in relation to both Carrick Rangers and Portadown. Only when this has been established can decisions be made with regard to the necessity for, or imposition of, appropriate sanctions. In the meantime, we (and Ballinamallard FC) as innocent parties must await the outcomes and try to manage all the uncertainty and ambiguity that this entails.
We have submitted an official position statement to NIFL today and they are aware of the potential implications for our Club arising from the various time frames associated with various resolution scenarios. In particular, we have asked for reassurance that Institute will not be subjected to any decision which has the potential to have a detrimental impact on either the commercial or performance aspects of our club and the opportunities afforded to us as a result of our teams outstanding performance during the season.
It is important to note that confidentiality issues, ethical concerns, and other sensitivities prevent us from engaging in more detailed discussions or comments regarding the current investigations. However, I would like to assure everyone associated with the club that we are committed to ensuring a fair and just outcome for our players, our coaches, our supporters, our sponsors, and our club. Consequently, we undertake to keep you informed via this web-site of any important developments until a satisfactory resolution to these difficult issues has been found.