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FAI Backtrack And Will Provide 100% Of Emergency Fund To Struggling Clubs

The FAI have backtracked on their original proposal for a €300,000 fund to be co-financed equally by themselves and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI). 

Instead, the FAI will finance this €300,000 fund completely themselves.

When the FAI originally announced the proposal, there was considerable outrage from the PFAI who were not consulted by the FAI over the idea.

The fund is to help Irish clubs who are in financial difficulty and are unable to pay their players on time. This fund has come about due to the recent high-profile struggles of Bray Wanderers and Limerick FC.

However, if clubs do activate this fund, they will face some consequences. Firstly, the club will be deducted six points and they will not be allowed to purchase players for the remainder of the season.

All money would have to be repaid by the end of the season and if a particular club failed to do this, they will suffer relegation.

Speaking on Soccer Republic, former St. Pat’s manager Johnny McDonnell welcomed the proposal.

“I think, first of all, it’s a really good idea. I think it’s funded properly. The PFAI really shouldn’t have to fund it. The money is there now but to access that money is really, really hard.

“So, it’s not going to be too easy for someone to say, ‘yeah, we can pick on that’.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter