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Behind-closed-doors option not feasible but lack of UEFA windfall compounds fears

Aidan Fitzmaurice



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Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne, right, says a return to action behind closed doors could be the only option this year

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne, right, says a return to action behind closed doors could be the only option this year

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin

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Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne, right, says a return to action behind closed doors could be the only option this year

The FAI will this week ask League of Ireland clubs to consider playing matches behind closed doors, those games being streamed live, as a last resort for getting football action back again.

But Finn Harps have joined St Patrick's Athletic in their stance on the matter and have became the latest top-flight club to rule out the idea of matches being played without fans present, with a senior club official at Harps saying it was a "non-runner".

Finance is key now, more than ever, for the FAI.