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'FAI officials asked the clubs to agree among themselves a format for the season’s structure.' (stock picture)

'FAI officials asked the clubs to agree among themselves a format for the season’s structure.' (stock picture)

'FAI officials asked the clubs to agree among themselves a format for the season’s structure.' (stock picture)

The FAI have asked League of Ireland clubs to come up with a formula by tomorrow on the issues of promotion and relegation for the restart of the 2020 season.

An 18-match Premier Division season, starting on July 31 and running until November, could be approved by tomorrow night with a revised fixture list set to be published, but there will be no extra funding on top of the €3.3m on offer.

Officials from top flight clubs held a 90-minute conference call with senior FAI officials yesterday, with delegates from the First Division then on a separate call.

Some clubs had hoped that they might avail of an additional €200,000 payment each as part of the Government's €40m Covid-19 funding that was set aside for the FAI, IRFU and the GAA.

FAI officials asked the clubs to agree among themselves a format for the season's structure, whether to allow time for the FAI Cup, and how to account for promotion and relegation.

Some top-flight clubs argue that having automatic relegation is unfair in such a shortened season.

Clubs will confer with each other over the next 24 hours and attempt to agree on a formula but if there is no agreement, the FAI will have to impose their own season structure.

Irish Independent