Clubs were split over vote on when to restart Cymru Premier action

Clubs voted 6-5 in favour of restarting Cymru Premier matches in February rather than immediately at a meeting yesterday.

One club wanted another option which was not up for debate and did not vote.

The FAW’s National League Board today (7 January) confirmed that all matches in the JD Cymru Premier will resume from February 8 and 9 – but where both clubs agree to play before this date, the league will agree to schedule the fixture.

The tier 2 JD Cymru North and South will resume from the weekend of February 4 and 5.

However, where both clubs consent to play before this date, the league will agree to schedule the fixture.

The National League Board also agreed that all three leagues will now be able to use five substitutes in all league matches with immediate effect.

The 12 Cymru Premier clubs were split down the middle over the restart date.

It is believed clubs who voted to play immediately have all already benefited from money available from qualifying for Europe.

Those believed to have opted for a February start were concerned about the financial impact of playing straight away in front of no spectators – as is the current situation – and hope that by waiting a month the problem could ease.

The National League Board said: “The Welsh Government Coronavirus Regulations do not permit any spectators at professional or elite sporting events and the FAW National League Board acknowledges the significant loss of income that clubs in the JD Cymru Leagues will face with matches taking place behind closed doors.

“Matches in all Leagues are subject to the FAW’s Return to Play protocols being adhered to and any changes in Welsh Government Coronavirus Regulations.”

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