Neath have lost their appeal against the decision not to grant them an FAW Domestic Licence and as a consequence have been relegated from the Welsh Premier League.
The Eagles had appealed against the original decision to deny them both a Domestic Licence and a Uefa Licence, but the independent appeals panel meeting in Cardiff on Friday upheld the decision.
Neath’s relegation, less than 12 months since representing Wales in the Europa League, means a reprieve for Carmarthen Town, who had finished the season in 11th place.
It isn’t the first time one of Wales’ Premier League clubs has been relegated because of their failure to secure the necessary Domestic Licence.
Former Welsh champions, Rhyl, dropped out of the Premier League in 2010 having failed to secure a licence.
But Friday brought some good news for the Lilywhites as they were successful in their Domestic Licence appeal.
Despite finishing behind Gap Connah’s Quay in this season’s Huws Gray Alliance table, Rhyl’s appeal victory will be a big boost to the Belle Vue club as they prepare for next season, knowing that the all important Domestic Licence is now achievable.
Current Welsh Premier League champions, The New Saints, were also successful in their appeal whilst Macwhirters League club, Bridgend Town, failed to secure a licence.
Following the appeal panel’s decision the Europa League Play Off matches can be arranged but with Aberystwyth Town now taking Neath’s pace:
Europa League Play Off Quarter Final
Airbus UK v Aberystwyth Town
Europa League Play Off Semi Finals
Llanelli v Airbus UK or Aberystwyth Town
Bala Town v Prestatyn Town