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LILYWHITES AWAIT DAY OF DESTINY
STILL stunned by last Saturday's relegation vote by the FAW, Welshpool Town await their fate.
The club now faces an uncertain future with the Welsh Premier expected to appeal against the decision. Chairman Steve Hughes said: "We were told three weeks ago what we must do to avoid relegation and we met all the requirements.
"We gained the support to call an emergency meeting and were backed by a majority to remain in the league. However we were told before the EGM the golden share would be used.
"The clubs now want to know exactly why the FAW wants the Welsh Premier to be reduced to 14 and expect answers.
"The FAW will not tell clubs what they want or their vision for the future of the Welsh Premier and in hindsight the entire meeting was a farce. I must now consider by support of Welsh football because at the moment the game is an absolute sham in this country."
Welsh Premier chief executive David Collins resignation was unanimously rejected by members while Caersws-based Phil Jones stepped down from the league board of directors.
Hughes added: "The FAW do not want the Welsh Premier to survive - certain members are only interested in maintaining a national league to preserve our UEFA status.
"It's a great pity that Welsh football is governed by such an unsupportive body because there are currently 18 clubs wanting to do their best through the Welsh Premier."
Hughes stressed the Welsh Premier would fight its corner and warned the FAW could end up humiliated.
"The Welsh Premier has decided to appeal against the FAW and this row will go straight to arbitration. Potentially the FAW could end up with egg on their faces this summer."
Welsh Premier president Des Shanklin - the man who issued the golden vote - insisted a peaceful resolution was still within reach.
"I will be urging the FAW management committee that both sides must agree to sit around a table and discuss this as soon as possible.
"The FAW is keen for the Welsh Premier to be reduced to meet UEFA licensing procedures and a lot of work lies ahead for many clubs."
13 June 2021
 
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