REPRESENTATIVES from the new Tier 3 structure issued a warning to clubs across the region who are already reportedly back in training ahead of the new season.

The Football Association of Wales became aware of a small number of teams returning to the pitch for preseason despite social distancing measures relating to the coronavirus pandemic restricting this at the present time.

This was met by derision from Tier 3 Northern League officials, who took to social media site Twitter to state in no uncertain terms that teams should not be taking part in activities of any sort until it is safe to do so.

A statement read: “Important information from the Football Association of Wales: It has been brought to our attention that some affiliated football clubs in Wales have resumed training, this is against the current regulations of the Welsh Government.

“Please could clubs adhere to the rules. Diolch.”

The announcement caused plenty of debate from leading figures within the regional game regarding Bodedern Athletic manager Ricky Williams, said: “I don’t agree with the training as I think it’s silly, but it’s no different from committees of clubs and workmen trying to meet Tier 3 deadlines over the past three months in a pandemic.”

Clubs are reportedly receiving constant updates from the governing body in terms of when they can resume training, but no plans have yet been confirmed regarding this or the start of the new season.

The FAW are currently finalising tier placing after 77 clubs from across the country were initially granted Tier 3 licences. Those that initially missed out could also meet the regulations on appeal. A decision is expected to be revealed on July 10.

Holyhead Hotspur manager Darren Garmey, added: “Everyone wants to be prepared and get ahead of the others but this is irresponsible and should be punished.”