Derry City to snub 'disgraceful and disrespectful' €5K FAI grant
Derry City have decided to reject the €5,000 grant recently announced to be coming from the FAI to SSE Airtricity League clubs, calling it ‘disrespectful and disgraceful’.
Last week, the FAI confirmed that they, along with the Premier Clubs Association, would be allocating a €100,000 grant to be shared equally among the 20 SSE Airtricity League clubs.
However, speaking recently to the Derry News, the Derry City Chairman, Sean Barrett, was adamant that the club would not be availing of the money in question.
“I think it’s absolutely disgraceful the way they have treated the clubs." Barrett said.
“The FAI received €11 million and to throw something like that at us is disgraceful when we as a club on its own have had at least six players coming through Derry City Football Club to go on and play international football.
“For us to be treated like that is not only disgraceful, it’s disrespectful and we will be not be accepting that figure. We will be telling them to keep the money. We won’t accept it.”
Indeed, Mr Barrett claimed that the sum in question would mitigate little of the costs incurred when running a club and, in fact, claimed it to be disrespectful.
“Affiliation fees alone are €15,000. There’s the affiliation fees and then there are things like fines; for example we were fined €750 for one flare incident.
“To ask anyone to do a five-year plan and then to give them to what equates to £4000 is disgraceful. It doesn’t scratch the surface. We’re not even prepared to accept it.
He concluded; “It shows the lack of respect for the league. We have had six players play for the national team but they don’t seem to care about the league. It’s absolutely disgraceful,” he said.