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Friday 20 April 2018

Wolves anger at lack of FAI compensation for Doyle loss

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Wolves are unhappy they will receive no compensation for the injury suffered by Kevin Doyle against Macedonia on Saturday, with the FAI having dropped a policy of insuring their players on international duty.

Chief executive Jez Moxey said the Premier League club will receive 'diddly squat' for the setback which will sideline the Wexford native for between four and eight weeks.

"Unlike with England or Scotland, the Republic of Ireland doesn't offer compensation," said Moxey.

The FAI used to pay insurance. Back in 2006, CEO John Delaney described the course of action as the 'status quo,' with the bill at the time believed to be in the region of €50,000 per game and covering injured players' wages for 26 weeks.

However, they have subsequently dropped that policy, pointing out that is not enforced by FIFA. Abbotstown officials say that England and Scotland are in the minority of associations worldwide who pay out.

There was some confusion yesterday over comments made by Giovanni Trapattoni over the past week. The 72-year-old had spoken generally about worrying that players, who were regulars with their clubs, might be more susceptible to injury as the end of the season approached.

He said he felt Doyle might have been tired from a recent schedule of games. However, Mick McCarthy felt Trap had suggested Doyle was carrying a knock.

"There's absolutely no suggestion that he left here anything other than 100pc fit," said McCarthy. "He'd been outstanding for us and went to Ireland full of beans.

"Clearly I'm disappointed, but I just take the view that it's time for someone else to play."

Mervue, Salthill land £75,000 in Folan case

NEWCASTLE UNITED have been ordered to pay over €75,000 in total to League of Ireland clubs Mervue United and Salthill Devon for the services of Galway native Stephen Folan, writes Daniel McDonnell.

Mervue and Salthill took a case to the FIFA Player Status Committee after receiving no compensation for Folan when he moved to St James' Park two years ago.

Folan (19) joined Mervue at the age of 10 and spent five years there. After a brief spell with Galway Hibernians -- who chose not to go to FIFA -- he went to Salthill Devon before joining Newcastle in his 16th year. FIFA have ruled that Mervue are entitled to €41,666 and Salthill Devon will receive €35,000. Newcastle could appeal the verdict.

Folan has yet to make a first team appearance, but hit the headlines recently when he was pictured with Leon Best and Stephen Ireland in a local nightclub.

Irish Independent

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