FFV mediation begins

THE Latrobe Valley Soccer League has put forward its grievances with the Gippsland Soccer League in a mediation meeting with Football Federation Victoria last week.

The newly formed LVSL, created by the GSL central division’s 13 member clubs in the wake of disillusionment with existing governance, explained its breakaway movement to FFV officials including chief Peter Gome and president Kimon Taliadoros.

The LVSL has indicated its intent to stage its own competition unless “structural and organisational changes” are made within the GSL.

FFV has committed to mediating with both entities to reach an amicable solution to remain as one organisation and will now enter discussions with the GSL.

The LVSL released a statement following the meeting, which said FFV assured “ongoing support should the conditions and requirements to remain in the GSL not be… met”.

“Latrobe Valley Soccer League is not looking for a resolution on the issues of the past in order to remain in the GSL,” the statement read.

“Our focus is firmly on the future, and our requirements to stay in the GSL are structural and organisational changes that will better facilitate growth in soccer in Gippsland.

“If the changes cannot be achieved Latrobe Valley Soccer League is confident it is already in the position to immediately provide the required structure to its members.”

The Express understands the LVSL has a fixture ready for the 2016 season should it go ahead, and the competition would continue as normal.

A response from FFV is expected by the end of January.