03.06.2004 Farnham Knights
Press Release of P.A.Knights about semifinal
Scythians grounded !! - Knights await EFAF decision
The PA Knights are sorry to have to report that their EFAF Cup Semi-Final
which was due to be played in Guildford on Sunday has been cancelled.
The visiting team originally indicated that they would travel by bus (40
hours) from Donetsk which is in the far east of the Ukraine. For such a
journey Visa's would have been required for the Schengen (open border)
region of the EEC and separate Visa's for entry to the UK.
The Ukrainian Champions then switched plans to fly direct to Britain
arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday. Some difficulties were experienced
with some of the proposed travelling group obtaining entry Visa's but the
bulk of the group including all eligible players were invited to apply for
The British Embassy in Kiev could not have been more helpful - there was
however a requirement that 9 of the party should go to Kiev (an overnight
train journey from Donetsk) for interviewing and to collect the Groups
Visa's. For whatever reason that journey was not possible and in the
meantime the Scythians flight reservations expired. Faced with switching
back to the overland route the visitors realised they had no time for two
sets of Visa applications and sadly withdrew from the game.
The Knights now await an EFAF ruling on what happens next. The most likely
outcome will be that the British team will progress to the Final.
Knights Head Coach Steve Rains said "We put a lot of work into trying to get
this game on. David Haxton and the staff at the Kiev Embassy were very
helpful and we are grateful to them. We are obviously very disappointed, as
we know the Scythians are, that this game will not happen. We have played
two qualifying games already and so if we do progress to the Final we will
be in the same position in that respect as our opponents (Either the London
O's or Tyrolean Raiders who meet on Saturday in the other Semi - Final) as
they both went through after one off qualifiers"
The Knights will train this week in preparation for their next BSL game
against the Ipswich Cardinals.