"I am very happy and satisfied that Gibraltarians now have the ability to play football at official and international UEFA level. This will no doubt improve the level of facilities and encourage our youngsters to aim for the sky. This is a very happy day for Gibraltarian football and Gibraltar as a whole.
Statement from the Governor:
"I welcome the fantastic news that the Gibraltar FA has finally been admitted to UEFA. It has been a monumental effort by Team 54 and their supporters. For 120 years football has been an important part of life in Gibraltar for young and old alike and this is a big step in promoting further sporting development.
The Gibraltar football team has just been granted full membership of UEFA. The team becomes the 54th nation to be recognised by European football’s governing body.
An exclusive report from YGTV’s Correspondent in London:
Sitting adjacent to the delegation from the Spanish Football Association, the Gibraltar FA delegates, President Gareth Latin, General Secretary, Richard Manning and Dennis Beiso, the UEFA liason officer took their places at the 2013 UEFA Congress in the Grand Hall of the Grosvenor House Hotel, earlier this morning.
Two 5-a-side matches were played yesterday evening featuring a team from No. 6 Convent Place against teams of Special Athletes. No. 6 narrowly won the first match 6-5 and the second match was a 2-2 draw. A spokesperson said: “Both were played in a great spirit with lots of atmosphere being provided by the sizeable crowd.”