1. ITV Report

JFA president hopes Uefa ‘door is not closed’

JFA president Phil Austin in Jersey ahead of the vote in Slovakia. Credit: ITV

The president of the Jersey Football Association is to meet with the head of Uefa after it rejected the island’s membership application.

Jersey’s bid to join European football’s governing body was turned down at Congress in Bratislava with none of its 55 member nations supporting the move.

Phil Austin, who addressed the meeting ahead of the vote, said he will now meet with the president of Uefa to “find a solution to help the future development of Jersey football”.

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.

– Phil Austin, President, Jersey FA