Soccer

Kenny first match in charge will have no home support

Next week plans are to be made for return to football

The Republic of Ireland are set to hold matches behind closed doors if and when they are staged at the Aviva this year.

Stephen Kenny’s first competitive game in charge is set to be against Bulgaria on September 3rd.

It’s believed FIFA and UEFA could end up freeing up the fixture calendar for clubs in September and October, which would mean the Boys in Green would have a run of at least 7 games, including the Euro 2020 play off, in November and December.

The FAI will be expected to have a road map ready for League of Ireland clubs by next week over a potential return to action. The key issues the organisation are awaiting a government response on are :

-A clear policy to manage all risks for volunteers around a return to play and to ensure a safe environment for all participants

-Clarity on the effects of social distancing on contact sport as per the phases outlined in the Government’s Roadmap

-Guidance on the infrastructural costs for amateur adult and underage clubs around safe return to play protocols

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