Cork Soccer: League of Ireland clubs remain in talks with FAI over return date

Cork Soccer: League of Ireland clubs remain in talks with FAI over return date
Fionn Duggan, Cobh Ramblers U19 player out keeping fit as he passes the LE William B Yeats P 63 naval vessel Cobh back in April. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Talks were held today with the vested parties and will continue over the coming days.

Cork City and Cobh Ramblers, and their underage teams, along with Cork City's Women's squad are cleared to return to training from next Monday under strict guidelines. 

However, the formats of the competitions have yet to be decided.

Derry City, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians, as the four clubs who qualified for Europe, are already back but waiting on details from the FAI on the next step.

League of Ireland clubs are heavily reliant on gate receipts to generate revenue and many are concerned about the merits of restarting the Premier and First Divisions behind closed doors.

Cork City fans in full voice at the Cross. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cork City fans in full voice at the Cross. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A brief statement from the FAI read:

"The Football Association of Ireland today held a productive meeting with the 19 SSE Airtricity League clubs to discuss the return to action for the League.

"Talks will continue over the weekend. The FAI will make no further comment until these talks are concluded."

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