The PCA approached the FAI in 2017 when Senior Advisor Michael Cush was recruited to represent it at meetings. Cush provided a rather devastating assessment of the League`s participation agreement at the time and described it as “very one-sided” and has “none of the distinguishing features of a trade agreement negotiated between the same, if not roughly identical, parties.” Clubs, especially some that regularly qualify for Europe, are also irritated by the way UEFA payments to them have been repeatedly delayed. Annual solidarity funds to help fund the minor national leagues are regularly held by the association for up to six months, while Dundalk appears to have had to wait much longer to get the balance of the money he earned for his participation in the European League group stage in 2016. After discussions with the FAI in 2017, the Premier Clubs Alliance panel said the deal was “very one-sided.” And now the FAI has given its approval. FAI is currently exploring a possible second phase of this agreement to meet the needs of small venues and non-profit stakeholders working in collective buildings, schools and churches. We also advise festival members on their needs and concerns regarding PRO fees. Any discussion and negotiation with the PROs will take a long time, just like the initial agreement on the concert of the house. Since then, however, progress has been painfully slow. The details of the commercial contracts relating to broadcasting rights and sponsorship are not yet communicated by the association to the clubs, they are supposed to do so, but they believe that up to 1 million euros are generated each year, or about four times the sum distributed in prizes after deduction of the participation fees of the high-level clubs. The club`s sources say there is a growing desire for Premier Division teams to be the driving force behind any reorganised structure, with clubs eagerly awaiting progress on the issue of trade deals which they say all heavily favour ISPs. He said intensive work is underway behind the scenes to ensure the “worst case” doesn`t happen.
SunSport has learned that the clubs that appealed were written and referred to clause 19.7 of the participation agreement. A few years later, Shamrock Rovers had to hunt for six months about 500,000 euros of their prize, after reaching the same phase of the competition in 2011. Dundalk waited for more than 2 million euros for about a year. Several companies have made public their interest in a match in the SSE Airtricity First Division next season. UCD and Waterford will be the most affected as a number of players will travel to the next Toulon tournament According to FAI rules, a club can postpone a match if two players – or a goalkeeper – are appointed by the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland at U-21 or senior level. . . .