Friday 20 April 2018

Conway queries FAI cash call

Neil Ahern

BOHEMIANS general secretary Gerry Conway has questioned the FAI's decision to reduce the prize money for the League of Ireland, despite the acquisition of a new sponsorship deal with Airtricity.

The FAI announced last week that the allocated prize money would drop for the first time since they took over the running of the league, with the total funds handed out to Premier League teams standing at €700,000.

The league's winners will receive €200,000, down 20pc on 2008, and Conway has expressed bemusement at the move.

"We've been given assurances for the last couple of years that prize money would remain constant or go up, it came as a complete surprise that there was no consultation or talks, no nothing after four months of a gap between the seasons," Conway said.

"We had a letter at lunch-time (on Friday), the day the season is starting, that prize money, first prize, is down 20 per cent.

"Airtricity have come in with what seems to be a very substantial sponsorship based on all the branding that is being delivered to all the clubs."

Irish Independent

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