Kilkenny side Freebooters , who are competing in two seperate Leinster semi finals say they are extremely disappointed with the new supporter restrictions.
In a statement released Tuesday evening the club outlined how they feel the government are unfairly blaming sport clubs.
Extremely disappointing news this evening that all levels of sport will have to be played behind closed doors meaning no spectators allowed. We have put measures in place but still the government see fit to blame the clubs rather than the factories.
— Freebooters AFC (@FreebootersAfc) August 18, 2020
Both clubs in Carlow and Kilkenny have all ready been directly effected by the Laois, Kildare and Offaly lockdown restrictions, with clubs unable to fulfill Leinster fixtures.
The FAI informed all affiliates of the following directives, effective from midnight on Tuesday night until further notice:
– The SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League will continue behind closed doors
– Adult Amateur and Underage Football – including underage National Leagues – will continue, subject to updated Government
and FAI guidelines
– No spectators are permitted at any match under the jurisdiction of the FAI
– Only those essential to a fixture may attend as per updated Protocols to be released by the FAI on Wednesday
– Outdoor training is permitted in groups of up to 15 maximum under the new Government guidelines
– More than one training session can take part at a venue provided the training pods are no larger than 15
– Underage training groups must include two coaches and up to 13 players as per FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding Policy
– Adult training groups must include one coach and up to 14 players
– As per Government guidelines for indoor events, indoor football and Futsal events are suspended until further notice
– Indoor club meetings must adhere to the new Government guideline of a maximum of six people in attendance
The Football Association of Ireland wanted to acknowledge the hard work to date of all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians and their dedication to our Protocols in ensuring the safer return to football.
The FAI then urged all members to remain aware of their personal responsibility to abide by Government guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic. We again thank all frontline workers for their efforts and commitment during this difficult time.
The FAI will remain in discussion with Government agencies in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.