FAI stand firm in final money row

THE FAI have reiterated their stance on Cup Final royalties after the footballing body met in Dublin yesterday with representatives of Cork City and Longford Town.

At an October meeting in Portmarnock, the FAI outlined to representatives of the four semi-finalists — Bohemians, Cork City, Longford Town and UCD — a financial package for the finalists, one which was accepted by the clubs.

However a u-turn from both Cork and Longford saw the clubs last week accuse the association of a breach of their own rules.

According to an FAI statement, a minimum payment of €100,000 for the winners and of €75,000 for the runners-up was put forward as covering prize-money, TV revenue and a share of the surplus while they would also make up the shortfall, if any, to guarantee the agreed payment.

But it emerged last night that both clubs were told nothing had changed, the FAI informing them that they should consider their position as regards the fixture on December 2.

Meanwhile Darragh Maguire has joined Shamrock Rovers from Saint Patrick’s Athletic.

With Stephen Rice already on board, the St Pat’s duo of Maguire and Sean O’Connor have signed for the Hoops, as has Kildare County’s Darren Stapleton.

"I’m delighted that we’ve signed these players," says boss Pat Scully. "We’re now starting to look strong in every area and the new squad is really beginning to take shape."