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A clear majority of League of Ireland players have said they want football to resume once the authorities say it is safe to do so. (stock photo)

A clear majority of League of Ireland players have said they want football to resume once the authorities say it is safe to do so. (stock photo)

A clear majority of League of Ireland players have said they want football to resume once the authorities say it is safe to do so. (stock photo)

A clear majority of League of Ireland players have said they want football to resume once the authorities say it is safe to do so.

The players union (PFAI) surveyed close to 300 professionals this week and 87 percent said they were in favour of a return to play, although the poll also showed a strong preference for Covid-19 testing before teams get back training and a weekly examination if games resume.

There is an expectation that the 13 percent of members who don't feel comfortable with returning at this juncture will not be placed under pressure and will only return when they feel comfortable - at which point clubs would start to pay them again.

But the finer points of that will only need to be thrashed out if a comeback is sanctioned.

Representatives of the FAI, IRFU and GAA will today meet HSE, Sport Ireland and government officials to clarify where team sports stand under the guidelines laid out in the roadmap towards the re-opening of society.

It's believed that government have been liaising with Sport Ireland board member Gary Ryan about how football could actually operate within social distancing rules, while the mechanics of testing around training and games will be on the agenda.