Waterford United appeal over Michael Rafter eligibility has 'no merit' claim Dundalk officials

The Lilywhites have dismissed the official objection by Waterford United that their player Michael Rafter was ineligible for the play off tie
Airtricity League side Dundalk Football Club have dismissed claims from Waterford United that they fielded an ineligible player in their relegation/promotion playoff tie last week.

Michael Rafter, who scored two goals in the Lilywhites' 2-0 victory over Waterford, is the subject of the appeal, with Waterford believing him to have been ineligible to compete.

The Blues have officially lodged a complaint with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) citing 'Rule 34', which states that amateur players must be signed before January 31.

However, the Dundalk board have denied the claim that Rafter should not have been involved and stated that the objection had 'no merit' since the player was signed on professional and not amateur terms.

A statement from the club read: "As Dundalk Football Club signed Michael Rafter on professional terms during the professional registration period that expired on February 22 we believe that this objection has no merit.

"Furthermore on February 29, Dundalk FC received official notification from the FAI that Michael was fully registered with the club from February 21 onwards.

"The club is continuing to prepare for the 2013 Airtricity League Premier Division and will update supporters on any further developments."