Waterford FC have been denied a UEFA licence meaning that they will not be able to play European football next year with their Europa League spot set to go to St Patrick’s Athletic instead.
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.
Like Waterford however, Derry City were not so lucky in 2012 as they were denied a licence in similar circumstances after going into liquidation two years earlier.
The beneficiaries of the situations, St Patrick’s Athletic had had earlier this 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.”