Barry Town seek withdrawal from Welsh League

The future of seven-times Welsh Premier champions Barry Town is uncertain after owner Stuart Lovering sought to withdrew them from the Welsh League, BBC Sport Wales understands.

The move came amid a dispute between Lovering and Barry's supporters committee.

Lovering owns the club, but the supporters committee run it.

Barry Town were scheduled to host Ton Pentre on Tuesday night, but it was called off at short notice.

A Ton Pentre website statement said: "The issues between the Barry Town Supporters Committee and the Club's owner Stuart Lovering have been well documented."

The Football Association of Wales has been monitoring the Barry situation and issued a statement regarding the issue:

"The Welsh Football League have received correspondence from Stuart Lovering, the owner of Barry Town Association Football Club Limited, withdrawing the football club from the League," read the FAW statement.

"The Welsh Football League Management Committee will be meeting on Monday and will discuss the ongoing situation at Barry Town.

"The FAW has sympathy with the supporters of the proud club who want to see their team playing football and continuing the long history and tradition associated with Jenner Park.

"The Association is in correspondence with all involved in the matter."

A group of fans remained at Jenner Park for 90 minutes on Tuesday night to protest against owner Lovering.

Barry manager Gavin Chesterfield tweeted: "Thanks for all your messages of support, remember this is not a result of any actions of my players or supporters."

Barry Town, who were relegated from Welsh football's top-flight in 2004, reached this season's Welsh Cup semi-final where they lost to eventual winners Prestatyn Town.