ALL football under the jurisdiction of the FAI has been suspended until after March 29.
The decision comes following directives from Government, the Department of Health and UEFA and comes into being with immediate effect.
The directive means that Finn Harps’ next four games have been postponed. in the affected period, Harps were set to have away games against Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic as well as home ties against Shelbourne and Bohemians.
“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 FAI said in a statement.
“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.”
The FAI’s statement comes after the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) instructed all SFAI affiliated schoolboy leagues to suspend all football activities with immediate effect until further notice.
“We understand the decision will bring with it disruption to leagues, clubs, coaches and players, but in these extraordinary times, there is a need to act now,” the SFAI said.
“Further communications will issue in due course, but for now, please follow the advice of the HSE and the Government when it comes to further protective measures.”