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FAI won't benefit from €4.3m UEFA cash injection as money was already drawn down by previous board

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The FAI’s headquarters in Abbotstown.

The FAI’s headquarters in Abbotstown.

The FAI’s headquarters in Abbotstown.

The FAI will not benefit from a new UEFA cash injection of €4.3million, made to help all national associations cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis, because the advance payment had already been drawn down by previous board of the FAI.

UEFA announced on Monday that it was releasing €236.5m "to support its member associations at this difficult time" and that each of the 55 national associations would receive €4.3m.

The money was not a special grant or a gift but was an advance payment of funds due to the associations from UEFA's HatTrick programme.