Tuesday 14 August 2018

Sligo fury at 11-week gap between home games

Sligo Rovers have lashed out at the FAI because the players they have are unable to play (stock picture)
Sligo Rovers have lashed out at the FAI because the players they have are unable to play (stock picture)
David Kelly

David Kelly

After a stormy week when clubs have made headlines for not paying players to play, Sligo Rovers have lashed out at the FAI because the players they have are unable to play.

Following Dundalk's progression in the Champions League qualifiers, Sligo's proposed Showgrounds clash with the Lilywhites tomorrow has been cancelled, meaning they will have a remarkable 11-week gap between home fixtures.

League officials have granted European competitors a free weekend off between games but it appears Dundalk may have been willing to travel, particularly since this weekend is sandwiched between two home fixtures for them.

"The lack of home league gates creates a challenge for the club," said Rovers.

"As always we understand our supporters will be concerned, firstly knowing they cannot enjoy watching the team in league action for 11 weeks, and then the clear financial strain it puts on us without gate receipts for such a time.

"It was our belief the game could be played. It must be said our circumstances too were acknowledged by Dundalk FC in discussions.

"Last Saturday, league officials opted that any team that progresses in Europe would have a free weekend regardless of circumstance.

"We have conveyed our disappointment to the FAI about the long period between home league games."

Irish Independent

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