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European participation for Rhyl and Bangor is in doubt
RHYL and Bangor City's participation in next seasons' Uefa competitions is in jeopardy after both failed to be granted a National Club Licence yesterday.
Only five clubs succeeded when the FAW's Club Licensing First Instance Body met in Cardiff - current Welsh Premier leaders Total Network Solutions, Welsh Cup finalists Carmarthen Town, Caersws FC, Aberystwyth Town and Welshpool Town.
Participants in the Champions League, UEFA Cup and Intertoto Cup must have a Licence to compete.
Rhyl and Bangor now have the opportunity to appeal against the decision and will learn their European fates on 17 May when the Appeals Body meet. If appeals are rejected, the next best placed licensed club in the league will be nominated for that particular competition.
The FAW commented on the notable progress that has been made by a number of clubs this season and were particularly delighted that Caersws had achieved the licence this season after narrowly missing out 12 months ago.
Both Carmarthen Town and Welshpool Town have managed to "overcome many of the non-conformities of last season to reach the required standard" and the Board also praised TNS and Aberystwyth Town for being granted a licence for the second consecutive season.
However, licensing officer Andrew Howard says "there is disappointment that a minority of clubs have made no efforts whatsoever to achieve the standard required, a situation that will have to be considered by the Welsh Premier League Board."
12 April 2021