But in co-announcing Guernsey FC’s temporary exit from the UK league on the grounds of not being able to beat the ongoing Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Alliance Leagues’ Committee chairman Nick Robinson said they would be supporting the Lions’ return next season.
‘We have agreed the suspension on the basis that the club will retain its place at Step 4 in season 2021-2022 and will be considered for placement in the event that circumstances mean we have to change the competition this season, said Robinson.
‘We have worked closely with Mark [Le Tissier] and his board and will continue to do so.’
GFC chairman Mark Le Tissier said the decision was made by their board.
‘It was an extremely difficult decision to request a suspension ... this was a decision not taken lightly however, with the flights between Guernsey and Gatwick not operating until the middle of October and the club’s desire to ensure the safety and well being of the players, coaching team and the islands’ wider population from the possibility of contracting Covid-19 and bringing it back to the island we believe it was the right course of action to take in these unprecedented times.’
Le Tissier has been saying for weeks that he was confident that the FA would not prejudice his club if they were unable to fulfil their commitments.
The South-East division will now start this weekend with 19 teams.