Llanelli manager Bob Jeffrey calls for answers from the Football Association of Wales
BOB Jeffrey has called for an explanation from the Football Association of Wales as more political weight is thrown behind AFC Llanelli's attempts to gain a Welsh League place.
Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson and Llanelli MP Nia Griffith have joined the town's AM Keith Davies in fighting to overturn an FAW council ballet.
Re-formed clubs AFC Llanelli and Barry Town United were both denied entry to MacWhirter Welsh League division three after losing a vote 21-3, contradicting a recommendation from the governing body's domestic committee to grant them places.
The pair reacted angrily to that outcome and have contacted all clubs affiliated to the FAW in an attempt to force an extraordinary general meeting.
From there they will push for a vote of no confidence in the association with the aim of overturning the decision.
Politicians from both sides' local areas have also written to clubs and the governing body hoping to further force the issue. Jeffrey is angry that the sides were subjected to a joint vote even though their circumstances are different.
Welsh Premier League Llanelli were forced to re-form after a season of financial struggle culminated in them being wound up in the High Court.
Despite various trials which involved players and staff going months without wages, the Reds battled to fulfil their fixtures. Had they not, the Welsh Premier League would have been plunged into chaos.
Barry had no cashflow problems but were withdrawn from Welsh League division one by their owner, so failed to complete their matches.
Jeffrey believes the decision to banish two teams with excellent facilities, who have previously won major domestic honours and achieved landmark results in Europe, is not in the best interests of Welsh football.
Llanelli face the prospect of applying to join the Carmarthenshire League, a penalty far more severe than that meted out to other clubs by different associations. In Scotland, Rangers collapsed after spectacular financial mismanagement though were allowed to join their country's third division, dropping down three levels after re-forming.
Llanelli would have accepted a similar punishment, but it was not considered severe enough.
In light of these points, Jeffrey wants the FAW to explain their decision.
The association have so far failed to make any comment, though there was a suggestion they may release a statement in the next few days.
"It's a disgusting decision, I'm aghast at how short-sighted people have been and we need an explanation" said Jeffrey.
"The two cases are not the same, both have different strengths and weaknesses so why were they considered together?
"Most teams in Welsh League division one don't want to go up, but here you have two teams with genuine ambition and we're not allowed in.
"We're facing the end of football in Llanelli and the club has been here for more than 100 years. The decision does not make sense and we want answers."