Wednesday 26 July 2017

Limerick coy on FAI row resolution

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Officials from Limerick FC were tight-lipped yesterday, declining to elaborate on the statement released on Monday night which confirmed that their dispute with the FAI had been settled by mediation.

The Shannonsiders have been in conflict with Abbotstown since last summer, when the association blocked the planned friendly visit of Barcelona to Thomond Park.

The FAI justified the actions on the basis of a third-party agreement which they refused to reveal the details of at the time, other than that it prevented friendly games with a capacity in excess of 15,000 being permitted.

Subsequently, they said the deal was with Endemol, the company organising this summer's Dublin Super Cup at the Aviva Stadium.

The Limerick affair was complicated by the fact that the FAI admitted they were also trying to attract the Spanish giants to the renovated Lansdowne Road at the same time.

Limerick entered legal channels to push for the specific detail on when the FAI signed their deal with Endemol.

They were also seeking damages for loss of earnings, and questioned whether the actions of the FAI were in breach of competition law.

Limerick owner Pat O'Sullivan had stressed his determination to push on with his case. However, a joint statement from the FAI and Limerick on Monday said their difficulties had been resolved, with special tribute paid to Paul Sreenan SC, who mediated.

Irish Independent

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