Gormley rages at 'ridiculous' FAI decision to defer ruling on Cork future
THE FAI was yesterday accused of favouritism after its independent licensing committee deferred a decision on the Premier Division future of Cork City.
Many officials and fans at League of Ireland clubs across the country greeted the move with bemusement.
Every other club fulfilled the criteria provided before the licence deadline, only for the Leeside outfit to be handed an extended deadline on account of their most recent financial difficulties.
Bray Wanderers manager Eddie Gormley last night labelled the latest development "ridiculous", saying it was a missed chance for the league's organising body to restore some much-needed credibility.
"The reality is we have to wait until next Monday to discover what division we're in and the transfer window closes next Monday," said the 41-year-old former St Patrick's Athletic midfielder.
"It's a ridiculous situation we're in, and we (the League of Ireland) are a bit of a laughing stock at this stage.
"I have to be careful with what I say, but if you were to ask me, would Bray have had the same decision if we were in the same position (as Cork), I'd say definitely not.
"If this committee is independent and if there are strict rules in place, there could only have been one decision yesterday, even if it would have been a difficult one.
"So it begs the question, are the rules there and are they the same for each club?"
Dundalk , meanwhile, have written to FAI chiefs in Abbotstown to request that they be submitted as the League of Ireland's third Europa League representative, in the place of Cork.
"It is pretty obvious that Cork City do not hold the required tax clearance certificate at the close-off date, and that the rules and regulations are being applied unevenly," read a statement from Dundalk.
"In relation to the Europa League, we expect to be nominated as the League of Ireland's third representative and we will be making our feelings known in no uncertain terms to the FAI.
"We expect the FAI and the independent club licensing committee to do the right thing when eventually the decisions are finally announced."
The FAI declined to comment on the matter yesterday.
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