An FAI disciplinary committee has dismissed the protest by Waterford United that Dundalk player Michael Rafter was ineligible to participate in the second leg of the Airtricity League promotion-relegation play-off final on 2 November.

The disciplinary committee today heard submissions from Waterford United and Dundalk as well as the Airtricity League before reaching its decision.

The disciplinary committee decided that the rules regarding registration and transfer of players allows for their movement from the amateur game to the professional game within the professional registration periods.

The disciplinary committee ruled that Michael Rafter’s transfer to Dundalk complied with the rules and therefore he was eligible to play in the fixture on 2 November 2 2012.

The disciplinary committee was comprised of chairman Barry Collins, John Kane and John Coughlan.

Dundalk won the promotion-relegation play-off 4-2 on aggregate to retain their place in the Airtricity League Premier Division for the 2013 season.

Waterford United have the right to appeal the decision to the FAI appeals committee as per FAI rule 156.