Ballyspallen have won their appeal against the decision to award their final Premier league game of the season to Glendermott.

The appeals committee ruled that on the balance of probabilities, the on-field umpires had failed to communicate properly to Ballyspallen captain Adam McDaid (pictured) the necessary two warnings necessitated under the appropriate law* before awarding the match.

The ruling throws the structure of the 2020 Premier league into disarray.

With the season already over, the match can not be replayed.

The NW will now have to decide over the coming weeks if they wish to keep the status quo of 8 teams - leading no doubt to legal challenges from the club which doesn't make the cut.

More likely will be a decision to expand to have either 9 or 10 teams in the top flight, which would mean Ballyspallen not being relegated, and possibly promoting Burndennett, who came second in the Championship.

If they go for a ten-team league then that would leave the Championship with only five sides. The NW then would probably promote the highest placed senior side playing in the Qualifying leagues, which at this moment is The Nedd.

You have to feel some sympathy for the umpires in this mess, in what was obviously a very highly charged situation.

A sorry state of affairs all round.

* Relevant law -16.3.2 if an umpire considers that an action by any player or players might constitute a refusal by either side to play then the umpires together shall ascertain the cause of the action. If they then decide together that this action does constitute a refusal to play by one side, they shall so inform the captain of that side. If the captain persists in the action the umpires shall award the match in accordance with 16.3.1.