| 14.5°C Dublin

Clubs say no to FAI's plea

Close

FAI Chief Executive Gary Owens. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

FAI Chief Executive Gary Owens. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

FAI Chief Executive Gary Owens. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The FAI are "back to the drawing board" in their bid to revive the 2020 League of Ireland season after the four clubs due to play in European competition last night rejected an FAI proposal for the clubs to donate €150,000 of their UEFA funding to help the league restart.

The FAI, who had to deal with weekend criticism over the awarding of a contract for Covid-19 testing to a company linked to the FAI's Medical Director, face key meetings with stakeholders today.

But Dundalk chairman Bill Hulsizer wrote to officials from other league clubs over the weekend saying he felt "let down" by the FAI over a number of issues, including the failure to set a date for the resumption of the League of Ireland, the only summer league in Europe bar Moldova which has yet to establish a date for a restart, though Hulsizer has a long list of grievances with the association.

The FAI had last week asked the four clubs due to play in Europe this summer to between them contribute €150,000, from money due to them from UEFA, as a contribution to a central fund to pay for the restart of the season.

The four clubs held a mini-conference on Saturday and then last used a scheduled call with senior FAI officials to reject the proposal for them to make the contribution.

"There was no business logic to it, we are no closer to getting back to action and the FAI are back to the drawing board," a senior club source said last night.

FAI officials including CEO Gary Owens are due to meet players' body, the PFAI, today ahead of another meeting with club representatives.