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League of Ireland U17 game called off amid Covid confusion


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Hate crimes were reported at 287 matches in the UK last season (stock photo)

Hate crimes were reported at 287 matches in the UK last season (stock photo)

Hate crimes were reported at 287 matches in the UK last season (stock photo)

A League of Ireland U-17 game in Dundalk on Saturday was called off after a number of players did not travel out of Dublin due to Covid-19 restrictions even though they had permission to do so.

The game between Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic was shelved because the home side was left depleted because they have several players from the capital whose parents opted against making the journey. St Pat's were preparing to venture north when they were informed the game was off.

On Friday, the FAI confirmed their regulations in response to Dublin's Level 3 status which confirmed that all adult amateur and underage football was shut down with the exception of elite football. This means the League of Ireland, the Women's National League and the five underage National Leagues.

It was further stipulated that any coach or player resident in Dublin but involved with an adult amateur or non-elite club outside the county was not allowed to travel outside Dublin for football activity.

The situation around individual players located in Dublin but playing for League of Ireland clubs outside the jurisdiction appears to have caused problems in this instance.

Meanwhile, the Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL) are deeply unhappy that their games have been stopped, feeling it's unfair that they are out of action while players of the same age at league clubs are deemed safe to keep playing.

Individual organisations have gone to Government to make the case for what is considered to be elite. Adult GAA in Dublin has got the green light to go ahead, but the top level of amateur senior soccer has ceased for now.

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