The FAI announced on Thursday evening that all football activity under its remit will be suspended until March 29th. The decision comes following the introduction of new measures by the government to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
A statement from the FAI reads:
"The Football Association of Ireland announces the cessation of all football under its jurisdiction until March 29 inclusive, and with immediate effect following directives from Government, the Department of Health and UEFA.
"The FAI made this decision after a meeting in Dublin today with Government, the Department of Health and stakeholders from other national sporting bodies.
"The decision has been taken in light of the growing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and in the best interests of our players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff. This decision will be monitored on an ongoing basis.
"The FAI again met with representatives from the National League Executive Committee and the Professional Footballer’s Association of Ireland today, and continues to work with both bodies to help our clubs and players through this difficult time.
"The FAI remains in communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on COVID-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines."
Earlier on Thursday, the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association all announced a suspension of Gaelic games.
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