The Doc’s Prescription - The Facts About Derry’s Euro Ban

Paris Saint Germain's Bonaventure Kalou, left, shoots past Derry City's Killian Brennen during their first round, second leg UEFA Cup soccer match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Thursday Sept. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Paris Saint Germain's Bonaventure Kalou, left, shoots past Derry City's Killian Brennen during their first round, second leg UEFA Cup soccer match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Thursday Sept. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

SOME PEOPLE have suggested that UEFA denied Derry City entry into European competition this season because Bohemians Football Club wrote a letter pushing their own case at the expense of the Brandywell club!

However, as chairman, Philip O’Doherty has pointed out, this is not the case.

I have read the judgement and that judgement is based solely on Article 12 of UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

This means that Derry City can and, hopefully, will be eligible to compete in European competitions under the “three year rule” on February, 1st 2013.

We, the Derry City Board of Directors, requested (backed-up by the FAI), an exception to this rule and were turned down.

The fact that Bohemians sent a letter to UEFA was totally irrelevant, if slightly unsporting, but if the situation had been reversed, perhaps we would have also written a letter requesting UEFA to stick rigidly to its own rules?

Bad feelings among fans should not be encouraged under any circumstances. I’m as gutted as any Derry City supporter, but the rules are there for good reason and for all to see and we should respect that!

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