Following on from the success of the Manchester City friendly on Sunday night, the organisers are planning to bring a tournament with some of the world’s biggest clubs to Limerick city in future years.
Damien O’Brien’s company Iconic Worldwide Events organised last weekend’s glamour friendly and the Ennis native has even bigger plans for football in Limerick.
He said: “Next year we’d like to bring a tournament here if possible, though obviously the FAI would have to sanction it. Hopefully we’ll bring bigger teams next year as well.
“We’ve set a precedent now so next year we’ll look to bring someone like Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“The crowd made a real statement with over 20,000 here and all of the money made tonight goes back into the club. Great teams can expect to bring a good crowd.”
O’Brien had attempted to organise a tournament in Limerick this year, but his efforts were thwarted by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and even the staging of the Manchester City game was left until almost the last minute.
“We had three weeks to bring it together. This was an 11th hour option. We tried to get a tournament but we had to try something else. Limerick had to go to the High Court to get this match to go ahead.
“For grassroots football in this country it’s great to see top-class players coming over here, so the FAI should get behind it. We wouldn’t have this situation in any other country. I don’t understand why we can’t get sanctions easier than we can here.
“I’m quite happy to bring teams over here. If people come out and support it, that’s fantastic for us.”
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