New Zealand Football (NZF) has finally broken its silence on the Wellington Phoenix saga, declaring it will help fight to keep the club in the A-League.
It’s a much-needed glimmer of hope for the Phoenix, who face the increasing likelihood of being removed from the competition at the end of this season after being denied a 10-year extension to their A-League licence by Football Federation Australia (FFA).
“We fully support the ongoing participation of the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League,” NZF chief executive Andy Martin said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon – the first public comment from the governing body on the matter since the story emerged last week.
“We have consistently stated that the Phoenix form a key part of the football development pathway in this country and play a major role in supporting our international teams.
“As such, we are consulting with the Phoenix, Football Federation Australia and Sport New Zealand on how we can collectively assist in ensuring the Wellington Phoenix retain their place in the A-League competition.”
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