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FAI Clear Up Mervue United Situation

Mervue United v Finn Harps Airtricity League First Division game

The FAI have rubbished claims reported in the Connacht Sentinel that Mervue United wouldn’t feature in either division of the Airtricity League next year, regardless of the outcome of their upcoming promotion/relegation playoff.

The initial report which circulated on Twitter said Mervue United wouldn’t be allowed compete in any division as of next season due to bringing in the one team in Galway. This would also spell the end for Salthill Devon.

FAI spokesperson Gerry McDermott said “If Mervue win the First Division play-off against Longford they advance to the play-off against the 11th place team in the Premier Division”.
If they win that play-off they would be entitled to a place in the Premier Division for 2014 subject to receiving a Premier Division Licence.

If they did not take up that place or were not granted a Premier Division licence the next team on the table of sporting merit would step up and, in the first instance, this would be the team beaten in the promotion/relegation play-off as they would be ranked 13th on the sporting merit table.”

Many pundits were quick to hammer the FAI on social networking sites last night causing them to come forward with some clarity.

It would be very harsh on Mervue United if all their success throughout this season was to just disappear.

You can come back with the pointless argument of how Mervue United would be refused a Premier Division licence, however, you are then just looking at other ways to have a dig at the football’s governing body, which would be a complete waste of time.

Image courtesy of galwaynews.ie

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