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THE Football Association of Wales effectively kicked Welshpool Town out of the Welsh Premier on Saturday.
Although the clubs voted 15-2 (Port Talbot and Carmarthen) for 'Pool to stay in the League at an Extraordinary General Meeting in Aberystwyth, Des Shanklin used the FAW's golden share to vote against. He had been instructed to read out a letter casting the FAW's Golden share vote against Welshpool's retention.
Shanklin was quoted as saying that he was "personally embarrassed and ashamed of what he had been forced to do".
However, the clubs decided that Welshpool should stay in the league, pending an appeal to the FAW against the decision. If the appeal fails, Welshpool will return to the Cymru Alliance for 2003/4, leaving a 16 club Welsh Premier.
It is FAW policy that the league should be reduced to 14 clubs, a move which the Premier board has resisted so far.
Welshpool managing director Steve Hughes remains defiant: "To win the backing from the clubs only to be overruled by a 'golden share' vote makes the whole thing a total farce," he said.
"I want to stress that we remain very much in the league; the clubs are up in arms about what's gone on," added Hughes.
"The league's now seriously thinking about going it alone after again being overruled by the FAW."
8 June 2021
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