Saturday 21 April 2018

Fenlon blasts UEFA fixture restrictions

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

A BEMUSED Pat Fenlon has criticised the bizarre difficulty Bohemians are experiencing in rescheduling their Premier Division game with Bray Wanderers due to a clash with Champions League fixtures around Europe.

Bohs want to rearrange the game for tomorrow week, August 17, but the FAI have said there could be a problem with that date as there are Champions League qualifying games that night.

That has angered Fenlon, considering this week's meeting of the Airtricity League XI and Manchester United at the Aviva Stadium will take place on an evening where similar games are in progress around the continent.

"We were told we have to play it on the Monday," said Fenlon. "Funny enough, there's Champions League games on Wednesday around Europe."

However, the FAI say they haven't made a firm decision yet, with clarity expected later today.

There have been numerous fixture clashes with Champions League games in recent times but the change in policy arises from a circular sent by UEFA last week to its member associations, where they requested that domestic games are scheduled separately.

Fenlon believes his Bohs team are back on the right track, despite a disappointing late concession in Friday's 1-1 draw with St Patrick's Athletic. The Gypsies looked assured of the points until Dave Mulcahy nicked a point for the Saints in added-time.

"We did everything to see it out but, in fairness to Pat's, they've been on that sort of run all season," said Fenlon, who is looking forward to Sunday's showdown with Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght.

Irish Independent

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