“We Have Been Misled By FAI” – Waterford Livid After UEFA Expulsion
Waterford FC have launched a press release outlining their disappointment and shock following their failure to acquire a UEFA licence to compete in Europe.
The FAI confirmed on Thursday that the Blues, who completed fourth in final season’s Airtricity Premier Division, wouldn’t be allowed to compete in Europe as a result of present buying and selling firm being fewer than three years in existence.
The beneficiaries of the conditions, St Patrick’s Athletic had had earlier this week despatched a letter to the FAI questioning Waterford’s eligibility to use for a UEFA licence.
In a press release on Friday, Waterford chairman Lee Energy defined that the membership had been “completely misled” by the FAI and that that they had been given assurances that the licence could be granted.
The complete assertion reads as follows:
Everybody at Waterford FC are deeply shocked and saddened on the information that we’ve got been expelled from enjoying within the Europa League this season. We really feel we’ve got been completely misled by the FAI and got assurances all through this five-month course of by them that the licence could be granted. We additionally had membership visits by UEFA Delegates throughout this era of which no points have been raised.
As a membership, we entered into substantial business agreements and invested closely once more into the staff and likewise budgeted for the qualification cash due in November. This can now have a critical monetary influence on the membership going ahead.
The circumstances to which this determination has been made and the occasions during the last week are unclear and doubtful, taking into account representations made to us and assurances given.
We can be asking for a full investigation into the FAI dealing with of this matter.
I’ve instructed my UK Legal professionals to lodge a direct attraction with UEFA and can pursue any authorized avenue we’ve got almost about compensation and/or any wrongdoing in opposition to quite a lot of events.
Lastly, I need to point out the individuals who matter essentially the most – The Supporters – who’ve supported this membership by means of thick and skinny and have been badly let down by the individuals in Eire governing this course of.