THE future of Grays Athletic was thrown into turmoil this morning when the FA confirmed they cannot support the club’s admission to the Ryman Premier League.
After winning an appeal against being placed in the Essex Senior League after resigning from the Conference, Grays had been placed into Step Three of the non league pyramid by the FA.
That meant a place in the Ryman Premier League, but the League asked the FA to arbitrate on that decision as they did not want to accept Grays because it would have been in breach of their own league rules as Grays did not have a groundshare agreement in place in accordance with the Ryman rulebook.
“We are very, very disappointed, but don’t want to act in haste. We will be considering our options which may include a legal challenge,” said Grays’ spokesperson Joel Nathan.
“We will take a couple of days to think things through. We do have the option of a place in the Essex Senior League but we appear to be limited to where we could play and that presents difficulties for our fans. We will try and consult with them as well about what they want us to do. It’s a very sad day for Grays Athletic and for football.”