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Bohs admit group training error


Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian FC. Photo: Sportsfile

Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian FC. Photo: Sportsfile

Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian FC. Photo: Sportsfile


Bohemians have admitted it was an "error" for two groups of players to report for training in the same complex, in breach of FAI guidelines on training during the Covic-19 pandemic.

Four clubs who are due to play in UEFA competition this summer, including Bohs, have been permitted to return to group training on Monday, while the rest of the League of Ireland clubs will be allowed to train in groups from June 29th.

Since Phase One of the HSE regulations began on May 18, Bohs have been conducting some sessions with groups of no more than four, including a coach, in public parks.

But footage emerged on social media on Tuesday of what appeared to be a group session, involving a group of players and staff from Bohs, training at a venue in Donaghmede on the city's northside.

"Bohemians players have, since Monday May 18, on six separate days, met in groups of three in public parks around the city," Bohs said in a statement last night.

"These groups of players were assembled in a way that respects the 5km travel rule that remains in place, while strict measures were put in place to enable this to happen in a safe manner.

"These measures include players travelling to location on their own, players maintaining social-distancing, while procedures were put in place for the use and sanitisation of any equipment used.

"The video now in circulation shows two groups at Fr Collins Park. While it was an error to have two groups at the same venue at the same time, a distance of 20 metres was maintained between the two groups at all times. All club stakeholders have agreed that there will only be one group of three plus one coach per park."