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THE row between the Football Association of Wales and JT Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier sides which has split Welsh football in two took a new twist when a leading official quit and clubs threatened strike action.
FAW council member Phil Jones has resigned from his role on the Welsh Premier board of directors following the rumpus.
The Western Mail have revealed that Welsh Premier club chiefs have talked about refusing to start the new season if they are not satisfied with FAW backing for their league.
It has emerged clubs voted by a show of hands to take the radical step of strike action at their annual general meeting last Saturday.
They were only appeased when the league's chairman Iwan Jones said he would call for urgent talks with the FAW to sort out the row which has rocked the game just below the top level.
The rumpus broke out after the FAW, looking to reduce numbers in the league, invoked their 51 per cent shareholding by insisting Welshpool must be relegated.
The league's clubs had previously voted unanimously for Welshpool to remain in.
League chairman Jones confirmed, "Yes, there is a feeling of militancy within the league.
"Clubs feel so strongly about this issue they are talking about refusing to play at the start of next season - and you are right in saying they even voted on the action.
"We don't want that and we are trying to mellow them a bit by requesting urgent talks with the FAW to sort out this matter.
"The last thing we need is this sort of confrontation in Welsh football.We need to get around the table and come up with a compromise - and fast, to stop this getting out of hand.
"But there is a feeling of militancy amongst some clubs because they feel very strongly about this.
"They are adamant the FAW were wrong to use their golden share over the Welshpool issue.
"We have told them to be sensible and try to come up with a suitable way forward."
The first victim of the row is soccer chief Phil Jones, who was one of four FAW council members to sit on the league's seven-man board.


16 June 2021
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