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FAI announces easing of restrictions in Kildare, Offaly & Laois

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has partially lifted the cessation of all football acti...



FAI announces easing of restri...
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FAI announces easing of restrictions in Kildare, Offaly & Laois

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has partially lifted the cessation of all football activity in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

Restrictions have been eased in order to permit the return of non-contact training in those counties, as per Government guidelines.

Last Friday, the association halted all football activity in the three counties following the announcement of new Government restrictions due to a rise in cases of Covid-19.

"The FAI has since sought Government guidance on the return of football activities and is now allowing the return of non-contact training in groups of 15 or less in the counties and under strict Protocol guidelines which have been made available to all affiliates," reads a statement from the asssociation.

"The FAI will monitor the situation in Kildare, Offaly and Laois on an ongoing basis in conjunction with the Government and their agents.

"The health and safety of all stakeholders remains the key focus of the FAI in this regard as we continue to adopt a cautious approach to the return of all football activities in Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

"The FAI urges all stakeholders to follow HSE guidelines in the battle against COVID-19."

Meanwhile the draw for the second round of the FAI Cup was made today with just one all-Premier Division clash on the list of eight fixtures.

Republic of Ireland senior boss Stephen Kenny picked Cork City out away to the current holders Shamrock Rovers.

Dundalk, Cork City and Finn Harps were the three clubs to come through the first round, while the other 13 sides received a bye into the second round.

Last season's beaten finalists Dundalk will make the trip to First Division outfit Cobh Ramblers.

Bohemians will have home advantage against First Divison leaders Cabinteely.

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