UK news Linfield open to contributing to Irish League Covid-19 relief fund, but only if hold-outs Glentoran do the same last news
MetiNews.Com - Champions Linfield would be willing to make a contribution to a Covid-19 relief fund for Irish Premiership clubs - but only if Coleraine and Glentoran do likewise.
Breaking News ! "Champions Linfield would be willing to make a contribution to a Covid-19 relief fund for Irish Premiership clubs - but only if Coleraine and Glentoran do likewise. Having been awarded last year's title and a lucrative Champions League slot with the campaign being shut down with seven League games outstanding, the Blues agreed to make a contribution.It is understood the Blues would be willing to donate 18% of their first-round Champions League participation fee, but only if the other two clubs who played in Europe, Glentoran and Coleraine, reciprocate."Our position hasn't changed," said Blues Chairman Roy McGivern. "We are happy to make a contribution to a relief fund, on the understanding that the other two teams who played in Europe follow suit."Coleraine remain open to the idea but Glentoran have told Sunday Life Sport they are not prepared to contribute to a relief fund because their initial offer was refused."We offered to give all of our European money after expenses to a relief fund should we win the Irish Cup," said Chairman Stephen Henderson. "But that offer was rejected by the clubs in July.
."We would consider a donation to the NHS in the current pandemic, but it is something we would have to discuss at Board level."A Northern Ireland Football League Taskforce set up two months ago to petition for relief funding for NIFL clubs made a presentation to Stormont last week, with the IFA also due to appeal for funding this week.And Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has told local football officials that NIFL clubs WILL get vital Covid-19 relief funding on a means-tested basis.However, it remains to be seen how much money has been earmarked to prevent clubs going to the wall because of coronavirus amid an escalating row about spectator attendance.A NIFL insider told Sunday Life Sport: "Word coming through from the Department for Communities (DfC) this weekend is that the Minister is looking favourably at supporting football with financial funding."We don't know what level of financial support that will bring, but if attendances are to be restricted, some clubs will face real difficulties keeping the gates open for the whole of the season."Financial support will be means-tested on a club-by-club basis and it will be very welcome.""
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