Tuesday 22 October 2019

Limerick FC say they will pay players this week while FAI awaits UEFA report into betting patterns

Limerick owner Pat O’Sullivan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Limerick owner Pat O’Sullivan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Limerick FC have indicated to union officials that they will be in a position to pay wages and expenses to their squad this Thursday.

Last week, the Limerick squad balloted to take strike action if there are any further delays with their payment after a troubled period where deadlines have been missed.

Experienced League of Ireland manager Sean Connor was present at a scheduled meeting with representatives of PFAI and Siptu today.

Connor is representing a group of investors that are looking to buy into the club and help out owner Pat O'Sullivan.

Connor and O'Sullivan met with the PFAI's Ollie Cahill and Siptu's Denis Hynes.

If there are issues with payment further down the line, the union will look for the FAI to tap into an insolvency fund that was established last year to guarantee that players are looked after if wages are unpaid.

However, Limerick would face a six-point deduction if they had to apply for that assistance.

Meanwhile, the FAI has said that it is awaiting a UEFA report on betting patterns for the First Division clash between Limerick and Cobh Ramblers last Saturday. The FAI is currently investigating betting patterns around Limerick’s game against Shelbourne on April 19th.

FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin said: "We have received a UEFA report on the Shelbourne v Limerick fixture in April and are awaiting their report on the Cobh v Limerick game last Saturday.

"We have received correspondence from the Cobh Ramblers Board in relation to that match. The FAI remains committed to a zero tolerance stance on match fixing."

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