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Monday 24 October 2016

FAI launch review of struggling Athlone

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

Athlone Town manager Alan Mathews Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Athlone Town manager Alan Mathews Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

The FAI have ordered an independent review of Athlone Town's affairs, with a view to securing the club's future after they failed to fulfil their First Division fixture with Waterford last Friday.

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Athlone were unable to field a team for the away game because of a dispute between players and the club over payment issues.

Manager Alan Mathews has confirmed that a large number of his squad opted against turning up when they learned that their expenses were not going to be paid on time again.

"They weren't in a position to leave work, and take time off at their own expense without being compensated," he told Midlands 103FM.

It has placed a huge question mark over the struggling side's viability. A section of supporters recently boycotted a home fixture because of their unhappiness with the board.

The FAI released a statement last night which stated:

"The Football Association of Ireland has ordered an independent interim review of Athlone Town FC after a meeting between SSE Airticity League director Fran Gavin, league chairman Eamon Naughton and representatives of the club, after its failure to fulfil their fixture versus Waterford United.

"The board of the Football Association of Ireland will appoint an independent person to meet with all of the relevant stakeholders of Athlone Town FC, including the chairman, board members, management and players, as well as supporters' groups and potential investors, to discuss recent issues and the long-term future of the club.

"Once the independent interim review is complete, the findings will be presented to the FAI."

Irish Independent

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