1. ITV Report

Jersey’s Uefa membership bid rejected

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The Jersey Football Association’s application to join Uefa has been rejected following a meeting of its members in Bratislava.

Forty-nine out of 55 member associations voted against the move, with one - the Faroe Islands - abstaining.

The president of the JFA, Phil Austin, made a speech at Uefa Congress in Slovakia calling on European football’s governing body to put football first and support their application.

But Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin was clear in summing up that Jersey did not meet the eligibility requirements saying “we are not above our own statutes.”

The JFA had won the right to have their bid put to a vote of Uefa’s members following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year.

Clearly we are disappointed not to have earned sufficient support for UEFA membership today.

However, I had the opportunity to speak to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin following Congress and asked him how UEFA can support Jersey football, if not through membership on this occasion. The President has invited us to meet him and some of his team to discuss this which gives us encouragement that the door is not closed. We thank him for this invitation and will be setting up this meeting in due course.

I’d like to thank everyone who supported our application in the run-up to Congress and also those who were open minded about our application and took part in a conversation with us in Bratislava. We were consistent in presenting our case based on the strength of Jersey’s outstanding footballing credentials and potential and we hope that ongoing and meaningful dialogue with UEFA can find a solution to help the future development of Jersey football.

– Phil Austin, Jersey FA President