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Dundalk chairman Bill Hulsizer - father of PEAK6 owner Matt - hit out at the FAI and IRFU

Dundalk chairman Bill Hulsizer - father of PEAK6 owner Matt - hit out at the FAI and IRFU

Dundalk chairman Bill Hulsizer - father of PEAK6 owner Matt - hit out at the FAI and IRFU

Dundalk FC owners PEAK6 have denied recent claims that they had planned to move the club to Dublin.

Reports earlier this month suggested that the Louth side's American owners wanted to make the Aviva Stadium their new home ground, with plans to transport supporters to games via train.

This led to concerns from fans that PEAK6 had planned to 'move the franchise' as often happens in the US.

PEAK6 dismiss this suggestion and deny they wanted to acquire the FAI's stake in the Aviva, insisting instead that they had offered to manage the venue on their behalf to make it profitable.

A statement from the Chicago-based company said: "There is no truth in saying we wanted to acquire Aviva Stadium. We did offer to manage the Stadium. The FAI is in pretty bad financial straits and has few assets. Aviva Stadium, even prior to this year, was a drain on the resources of the FAI.

"PEAK6 offered to take control of the management of the stadium and help the FAI, IRFU and the Irish taxpayers by making it profitable, useful, and a beacon to attract travel. Unfortunately, they rejected the proposal preferring to limit its use and force the Irish taxpayers to cover losses."

The statement added that it was never the intention of PEAK6 to move the club to Dublin but they did admit to requesting to play a number of matches there in the event of upgrade works being carried out at Oriel Park.

"PEAK6's only ask was for a train from Dundalk to the stadium for Dundalk fans and the number of games to be played there was only going to be 10.

"The reasons were numerous, providing activity in the stadium, providing a place for Dundalk to play during any refurbishing of Oriel Park, improving the reach of the League of Ireland. At no time was it suggested that Dundalk would move to Dublin."

Separately, Dundalk chairman Bill Hulsizer - father of PEAK6 owner Matt - hit out at the FAI and IRFU.

"We were informed that the IRFU had no interest in running the stadium at a profit and were content to have it available for their matches and had no interest in a profit. The letter came from the FAI and in fairness there was no contact with the IRFU," he said.

"I noted recently the IRFU reaching out to the Government for financial help because of Covid-19 and find it ironic the utilising of an asset to obtain cash is less acceptable than asking the Irish Government and the Irish taxpayer to bail them out."

The FAI have refused to comment on their interactions with PEAK6.

Irish Independent


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