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Registration Row - Three Alliance clubs face FAW inquiry over keeper
by Terry Daley, Welsh Non League Paper.

CYMRU ALLIANCE champions-elect Porthmadog could be denied Welsh Premier status if an enquiry finds the club guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

The North Wales outfit played goalkeeper Richard Harvey - who was never granted international clearance when he signed for league rival Cernaes Bay two seasons ago - in six matches this season.

Before joining Cemaes Bay, Harvey had been registered with Division Two Macclesfield Town - and international clearance should have been requested from the English FA.

Harvey is currently playing for another Alliance club - Llangefni Town who like Porthmadog, have applied for Premier status.

It has been claimed that Harvey played twice for Llangefni before the club finally received clearance, and the matter only came to light when Rhyl tried to sign him on Welsh Premier forms.

All three clubs could be hit by a fine and points deduction if a Football Association of Wales enquiry finds them guilty.

Registration secretary Mark Evans confirmed a commission had already began proceedings. "It is possible the clubs could be fined and have points deducted," he said. "The enquiry is on-going but should be completed within a month."

Macclesfield secretary Colin Garlick confirmed: "Richard registered with us on Avon Insurance League forms and as a non-contract player.

"He only played two reserve games for us. His registration would have expired automatically at the end of that season, 2001 -2002.

"Because he was non-contract player, he was never registered with the FA. However if a club from another country wanted to sign him, they would still have to apply for international clearance.

"The FA would have contacted the club involved, we would have confirmed his non-contract registration had expired and international clearance would have been granted.

"I understand the has been some problems in Wales with the player, although clubs can only act on information received."

If the FAW impose sanctions, on the clubs involved, Porthmadog have the most to lose. They are on the verge of clinching the Alliance championship - starting yesterday's home game against Amlwch with a nine-point advantage and two games in hand over second-placed Ruthin Town.

Llangefni are fifth, but 16 points adrift, while Cemaes Bay are comfortably mid-table.

Llangefni and Porthmadog both recently had their grounds inspected by Welsh Premier officials as part of their promotion bid.

Both clubs have made appeals to the FAW for personal hearings - and officials at all three said because the enquiry had already started they were not in a position to comment.



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