D-Day arrives in Galway’s battle to maintain league status

D-DAY has arrived for Galway United as the club fights to preserve its Premier Division status in the Airtricity League.

United’s appeal against the decision to award them only an ‘A’ Championship licence will be heard at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown this morning, with a verdict expected before close of business today, even though the official closing date for appeals is not until Monday.

Also awaiting the outcome on tenterhooks will be Monaghan United, who are set to take up a place in the elite tier should Galway’s appeal fail.

Galway, who have suffered considerable financial turmoil in the recent past, were denied a licence due to their inability to produce a tax clearance cert and failure to reach agreement with a football creditor who is understood to be owed €1,700.

But while the Galway United Supporters’ Trust (GUST) have expressed guarded optimism that progress on both fronts means they can succeed with an appeal, matters would appear to be further complicated by the fact that the appeal process does not permit the submission of new evidence.

Meanwhile, the Club Licensing Committee have granted Limerick an extended deadline from yesterday until 5pm next Monday in order to meet conditions set down for the awarding of their First Division licence.

At the beginning of the week, Limerick were awarded a conditional licence pending confirmation of security with which to back up their budget for 2011.

A technical issue, involving the setting up of a third-party account, is the reason why the deadline has been extended, and sources at the club say that they are confident that, having met all the requirements of the Club Licensing Committee, they will be receive a full First Division licence on Monday.

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