THERE will be no games this weekend in the Limerick District League as the referees are on strike because of a dispute over match expenses.
Junior soccer referees in Limerick are withdrawing their services from all games this weekend due to a dispute with LDMC arising from match expenses.
At the beginning of the season the Limerick branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society requested an increase in their fees from the LDMC, which was denied. Subsequently, the referees applied the FAI directives on travel expenses outside the standard urban allowance.
At present, junior soccer referees are paid €42 per game -€24 for officiating and €18 for an urban allowance, but many within the ranks, who travel from outside of recognised catchment areas to referee, feel that the urban allowance isn’t adequate.
Recently in Limerick games have been called off after clubs refused to pay officials match fees reportedly in the region of €70-105.
No fixtures have been made for next week either but attempts are being made to bring in an FAI mediator next week in an attempt to solve the dispute.
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