Limerick FC given deadline by FAI

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

LIMERICK FC have until the close of business this Thursday to comply with a request from the FAI if the local senior soccer club are to receive a licence to play in the 2011 season.

LIMERICK FC have until the close of business this Thursday to comply with a request from the FAI if the local senior soccer club are to receive a licence to play in the 2011 season.

This Monday afternoon the FAI released the findings of the Independent Club Licensing Committee of the Football Association of Ireland ahead of the start of the new season.

Limerick FC were awarded a conditional First Division Licence.

The committee requested the club to provide security regarding the financial commitments outlined in their budget as presented as part of the Licensing process.

The club must comply with this request by close of business on this Thursday February 17 in order to receive a licence.

In total 14 Premier Division licences, five First Division licences and one conditional First Division licence were awarded.

Galway United were refused a Premier Licence for failure to fulfil the financial criteria as set down in the Club Licensing manual.

The club were awarded an “A” Championship Licence, but can appeal the decision.

It now appears that Drogheda will return to the Premier Division in place of Sporting Fingal - therefore a re-jig of the First Division fixtures will be necessary.