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Mar 8, 2019, 10:19 AM
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I emailed Laurence Jones at the FA & asked the question about step 6 relegations: Will there be any relegations, or will reprieves be used & will ppg basis be taken into account. Also I asked if they are looking at reprieves this season, because of the restructure the season after next(so they’ve got enough clubs to cover it). He replied immediately & this was his reply:
The points you have raised will be considered by the League Committee when we know how the landscape will look at the end of the season, both options could apply, as there is a view that bottom placed clubs should be relegated, but that is balanced by the preference being to ensure that leagues run with the required numbers.
Reg 5.2 says reprieves will be on ppg basis if fewer than 38 clubs come up from step 7 - that's clear enough except for this (as yet unexplained) anomaly THDrummer has found outside of the regs. However, Reg 5.5, which deals with filling vacancies in leagues, does give the LC committee discretion over reprieves in such cases (I.e. where leagues have vacancies).
Mr Jones' response needs to be considered in that context. It also doesn't explain why some sources are stating that the bottom club will be ineligible for reprieve - which is not only contrary to the Regs but also not entirely consistent with Mr Jones' comments.
(This post was edited by paulh66 on Mar 8, 2019, 10:25 AM)