Monday 21 August 2017

FAI face fresh dispute as referees seek assurances on expenses payments

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sport, caution, game and people - close up of referee hands with whistle showing red card on football field
sport, caution, game and people - close up of referee hands with whistle showing red card on football field
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

The Football Association of Ireland are faced with a fresh dispute as League of Ireland referees seek assurances that their match expenses are paid on time in the future.

Independent.ie understands that some League refs have faced delays in receiving their monthly match expenses.

Following Monday's EA Sports Cup games, the men in black took the decision not to upload their match reports onto a centralised online system, instead faxing them into Abbotstown. Unless the issue is resolved, they will follow the same procedure next Monday following this weekend's round of League games.

The officials’ reports include everything that happens during a game and can take up to an hour to compile.

"The referees are quite annoyed about this," a source told Independent.ie.

"We have sought assurances about this the season before last and it is coming to a head now. We fill out our expenses before the fifth of each month and the agreement is that they are paid on the final Friday of the month by cheque

"This is nearly eight weeks after the first expense is incurred so you can understand the frustration if it does not arrive on time."

It is understood the FAI are engaging with the referees in a bid to resolve the issue and all match referees are currently up to date on payments.

This latest dispute comes after a turbulent week for the Association.

On Tuesday, the senior women's team held a high-profile press conference as they fought for the right to compensation from their governing body to cover lost earnings while on international duty and improved resources.

SIPTU and Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (PFAI) representatives secured an agreement with the FAI after nine hours of talks which ended at 4am on Thursday.

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