Tuesday 22 January 2019

FAI's Fran Gavin accuses PFAI of creating a 'media circus' after turbulent week for the League of Ireland

League of Ireland director Fran Gavin. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
League of Ireland director Fran Gavin. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

FAI director of competitions Fran Gavin has accused the Players Football Association of Ireland (PFAI) of creating an unnecessary "media circus" following a turbulent week for the League of Ireland.

Strike action from Bray players over unpaid wages was just about avoided while a similar problem in Limerick threatened the same course of action.

Bray players criticised both the club and the FAI in a statement released via the PFAI before the situation was resolved and speaking to eirSport this evening, Gavin claimed the players' body - which exists for the welfare of the players - acted in a disappointing way.

"We were involved straight away. When it came to our attention, we were involved straight away," said Gavin.

"Unfortunately, and I would say, the PFAI's..the leadership of the PFAI, their behaviour around this situation, left a lot to be desired. It did not help the situation in trying to come to a resolution and I was personally disappointed with the way the PFAI acted.

"We were there to solve the problem and that's what we need to do and that can be done, not create a media circus around the whole issue which happened to be created.

"The advice the players got and the advice the PFAI are getting, from whoever it is, is unfortunate in this siituation."

While Gavin suggests the FAI were pro-active in resolving the issue, the players and PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness had different views with McGuinness last week saying the PFAI had made seven requests for a meeting with the FAI.

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