LAUSANNE: The Jersey Football Association has won a pyrrhic victory at sport’s supreme court over its fight for recognition by European federation UEFA writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
The JFA complained to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after its plea to join the European governing body was turned down by the executive committee in September last year.
That rejection has been overturned by CAS but only on technical grounds, hence offering little hope that the Channel Island will achieve the longed-for mainstream breakthrough.
A CAS statement explained: “The competent body for the consideration of membership applications is the UEFA Congress and not the UEFA executive committee. This is the reason why the appeal is partially upheld and that JFA’s application must be forwarded to the UEFA Congress for decision.”
However, a three-man panel concluded that, “on the basis of the evidence provided, JFA does not fulfil the requirements of Article 5(1) of the UEFA Statutes to be admitted as a member.”