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'It is a realistic target for us' - League of Ireland clubs aim for June 19 return

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The Dundalk squad celebrate with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy at Oriel Park last October. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The Dundalk squad celebrate with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy at Oriel Park last October. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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The Dundalk squad celebrate with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy at Oriel Park last October. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

THE FAI have confirmed June 19th as the date for the resumption of the League of Ireland season, if Covid-19 conditions allow for a restart of football by that time.

A meeting between FAI officials and delegates from the National League Executive Committee on Thursday had suggested the June 19th date and, after consultation with all clubs on a conference call today, June 19th is now the planned resumption.

"These are very difficult times for our clubs and players and the FAI remains committed to doing everything we can to get us all through this crisis together," FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin said.

“There are no certainties around the COVID-19 pandemic but this decision offers us something to aim for. UEFA hope to have European football back up and running by early June at the latest so June 19 is a realistic target for us at this moment in time.

“Together with the clubs and the Professional Footballer’s Association of Ireland, we will work together towards this date and continue to liaise with the NLEC and the PFAI to protect our clubs and players as best we can.

"The FAI will continue to work with the Department of Health and the HSE to prioritise the health of our players, match officials, supporters and staff at this time and we will continue to follow all government guidelines."

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