FAI agrees qualification bonuses with players

FAI agrees qualification bonuses with players

The Football Association of Ireland and the players have confirmed that they agreed qualification bonuses after a "constructive and brief" meeting on Monday.

"During the discussions the players emphasised the immense honour and pride which they feel in representing the country through this and previous campaigns," said an FAI statement.

"The players thanked the FAI for their professionalism and preparations which are made around the international squad.

"In recognition of the wider economic climate, the players were happy to agree to a reduction in qualification payments made in 2002.

"On behalf of all strands of the sport, the Football Association of Ireland thanks the players for their readiness to accept a reduction and for their determination to avoid the use of external agents during direct talks which were conducted in an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding."

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