St Patrick’s Athletic have been named as one of four League of Ireland clubs awarded with a UEFA Licence ahead of the 2019/20 UEFA Club competition season.
The FAI released a statement on Thursday confirming the news that St. Patrick’s have been granted a licence alongside, Dundalk FC, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers.
“The Independent Club Licensing Committee of the Football Association of Ireland met on April 24 and awarded UEFA Licences to four SSE Airtricity League clubs for the 2019-20 UEFA Club competition season,” the statement read.
“Dundalk FC, Cork City FC, Shamrock Rovers FC and St Patrick’s Athletic FC have all been awarded Licences.”
The announcement was expected following last weeks news that Waterford FC had been denied a UEFA Licence.
Alan Reynolds’ side finished fifth in the Airtricity League last season but will not play in Europe after UEFA’s failure to grant the club a licence.
Waterford had required a dispensation to compete because the current trading company is fewer than three years in existence, however, an exception had been made for Sporting Fingal over a decade ago.
St Patrick’s Athletic last week sent a letter to the FAI questioning Waterford’s eligibility to apply for a UEFA licence.
The FAI’s statement on the issue reads as follows;
“The Football Association of Ireland can confirm it has received notification from UEFA’s Licensing Department that Waterford FC’s exception request has been rejected on the non-fulfilment of the three-year rule as defined in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
UEFA has informed the FAI that, following the Club Financial Control Body-Investigatory Chamber decision in this case, Waterford FC may not apply for a UEFA licence for the UEFA Club Competitions for the season 2019/20.”