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FAI fine casts fresh doubt on future of Athlone Town

Jamie Holland

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

The FAI have set up an independent review into the situation at Athlone but it’s not clear when that will be completed (Stock picture)
The FAI have set up an independent review into the situation at Athlone but it’s not clear when that will be completed (Stock picture)

Fresh doubts surround Athlone Town's future after the struggling Airtricity League First Division club were fined €5,000 by the FAI.

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The fine - €4,000 of which has been suspended - was part of the punishment handed down to Athlone by the FAI's disciplinary committee on foot of the club's failure to field a team for their Airtricity League First Division match against Waterford United at the RSC last Friday.

Waterford have been awarded the points for the match on a 3-0 scoreline, and the next fixture between the clubs, which is scheduled for August 5, will be played at the RSC, with the Blues retaining all of the gate receipts.

The €4,000 suspended part of the fine will be implemented in the event of Athlone failing to fulfil another fixture this month.

The FAI have set up an independent review into the situation at Athlone but it's not clear when that will be completed.

In the meantime, the club must find the money to pay the fine - as well as the money owed to players which resulted in some of them refusing to play against Waterford - and get a team on the pitch for their next match, which is scheduled for June 24 against Cobh Ramblers.

Meanwhile, Jason Donohue has been appointed head coach of the Ireland U-15 team.

Donohue, who holds the UEFA Pro Licence, has worked with various underage international sides in recent years.

FAI high performance director Ruud Dokter said: "Jason has been an assistant for three years with Colin O'Brien with the U-15 national team so now is a good time for him to step up and take charge of this team. He is an excellent coach and has a lot of experience from a player identification perspective, which is an important part of this role."

As a result of his appointment, Donohue is to give up his role as first-team coach with St Patrick's Athletic.

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