Solihull make complaint against National League after playoff changes due to Gateshead situation

    Solihull Moors make a complaint against the National League after playoff changes made due to the situation regarding Gateshead.

    Solihull have claimed the league must have been aware it was a possibility that this situation would occur and add that they could have planned for this contingency rather than “being seemingly influenced by who shouts loudest & driven by events”.

    Read the statement in full below, it’s quite something…


    Solihull Moors has digested the various announcements published yesterday by the National League.

    Firstly and foremost, whilst we are obviously unaware of the details behind the decision, we share Gateshead’s disappointment. They have had a wonderful season and we send our thoughts and best wishes to their players, fans and officials. We would much prefer promotion to be decided on sporting merit.

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    As a club of a similar size, we completely understand the challenges and costs of meeting EFL ground regulations.

    We look forward to meeting them again at Wembley on May 11th and having a wonderful day out – and allowing football to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

    Turning to the decision making, we would welcome more clarity in the near future as to the rules and their application following the Gateshead decision.

    What surprises us is why addressing this issue was not planned for well in advance. The League must have been aware that it was a possibility and could easily have planned for this contingency rather than being seemingly influenced by who shouts loudest and being driven by events.

    It is critical for the integrity of the game that everyone, – fans, managers, players and owners – has complete transparency and understanding of the interpretation of the rules and the League’s decision making process.

    Having said this, we are fully in agreement that, on sporting merit, Altrincham should receive the bye rather than Solihull Moors. The rules should be explicit on this. If they are not, they should be changed.

    The decision making thereafter seems somewhat illogical, most specifically putting the winner of the Moors versus Halifax game at a newly created disadvantage.

    The play off rules are clearly articulated, especially the need for a full 3 day gap between the quarter final and semi final, which was agreed following debate 2 years ago re the scheduling.

    These are amongst the biggest games in any club’s history and this situation has taken much of the joy away at a time of celebration.

    We simply don’t know why the Moors game against Halifax could not have been played on the Tuesday – the original date for Moors versus Gateshead – or why the game against Barnet for the winners could not have been moved to the Sunday.

    There was plenty of time to arrange this yesterday.

    Moors, at the request of the League did not start selling tickets after our game against York on Saturday, as previously planned, causing us significant inconvenience and we have held our own counsel throughout yesterday’s events with Moors having originally been given a bye – and planning accordingly – then to be told to play on Wednesday not Tuesday – and now to be placed at a playing disadvantage of the League’s making.

    The position both Halifax and Moors find themselves is prejudicial to two teams who have acted with professionalism throughout and is contrary to the spirit of the sporting integrity of the playoffs.

    Moors registered a formal complaint at the situation that the League has created, of its own making.

    The League has hitherto failed to explain why the dates of the two semi finals could not be reversed – this would have been straightforward and equitable and there was plenty of time over the weekend to do this.

    Moors have had to change opponents and timing with far less notice – and with far more disruption.

    We are sure this issue will be debated in full by all clubs at the upcoming League AGM when we hope the executive of the League will explain everything in appropriate detail and be open to a full debate to ensure the rules explicitly cater for such situation and all its consequences.

    Ultimately, Solihull Moors are dismayed that they are the only team prejudiced by the series of events and poor management by the League.

    Nevertheless, we will now abide by the decision and look forward to welcoming Halifax on Wednesday.

    Twitter users reacted after Solihull make a complaint against the National League after playoff changes due to the Gateshead situation…

    @Andrewyoubears: Going in on the league & saying it as it is for the complete shambolic way they’ve handled things

    @SportGrillBlog: Mature constructive response to @TheVanaramaNL mishandling of the play-off situation. #NonLeague

    @Evans90: Fantastic statement. Not a good look for the @TheVanaramaNL. Arse and elbow comes to mind.

    @JerryThe_Berry: Piss poor from the EFL and national league, the former being no such surprise ????

    @adamdavies77: Good lord he’s absolutely cooked the league

    @jordandavies09: Yeah you’ve been needlessly disadvantaged. They should have released a fourth set of revised playoff fixtures yesterday

    @DeanWSmith79: Cracking statement Mr Chairman ????????

    @JB_Allen: The league is a mess ????????‍♂️ Horrible decisions made all the time.

    @jimmy_g87: A good statement and fully agree with Solihull and Halifax on the changing of dates and their frustrations. It’s been a complete mess and at some point the league have impacted every participant is this years playoff with the way they’ve handled this all.

    @JamesKelly2398: Well said Darryl and Moors!! Now onto Wednesday ????????

    @antmc03: What a beautiful man Daryl is ????????

    @Warwickbear94: Absolutely scandalous our recovery time should we get through.

    @jtwba1: What a statement ????????

    @degsykelly: Well said. Perfectly put ????

    @LEC1990: Good statement this. It seems the approach of @TheVanaramaNL to keep rules as vague as possible to enable amateur governance and reduce scrutiny and challenge on this.

    @NebUtd18: Daryl has gone in on the league and fair play to him

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