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EURO CLUBS CONFIDENT OF UEFA LICENCES
WELSH Premier clubs yet without a Uefa club licence are confident they will be cleared to take their place in Europe next season.
As it stands, the four Welsh Premier clubs chasing European places are barred from entry into next season's Champions League, UEFA Cup and InterToto Cup.
Aberystwyth, Haverfordwest, Rhyl and TNS have so far been refused the licence which makes them eligible for European entry next season.
But all four say they believe they will win their appeals next month and receive the licence.
Haverfordwest chief executive Barry Vaughan said, "Our failure to comply with the licence criteria is based on a minor technicality which is not going to cause us any major problems.
"The only thing we have got to do to win the appeal and therefore be cleared to play in Europe is get our annual accounts audited by an approved accountant.
"This strict new UEFA criteria has only been introduced this season. We've basically got to adhere to the rules Real Madrid do!"
Rhyl and TNS also cited the accounts as the reason for their failure to qualify for the UEFA licence, and insisted they would be OK to play.
And the two clubs denied claims from Welsh Premier chief John Deakin that they and others should have ensured they met the criteria sooner.
Rhyl chairman Dave Simmons said, "Because we are a limited company, UK law does not require us to produce audited accounts.
"We were not made aware of this in time to get our accounts audited before the UEFA licence time scale."
TNS chief Mike Harris said, "We failed only because we didn't receive clarity on the rules in time. But we will be competing in Europe."
Aberystwyth chairman Donald Kane admitted the club would not meet the criteria but said, "We won't be able to meet the criteria as we don't have the stipulated number of seats at our ground. But UEFA have said they're happy for us to play our European matches at Newtown."
30 April 2021
 
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