FAI ‘disappointed’ by Mons’ monetary claim

The FAI have responded with surprise to Monaghan United’s statement that the club received no assistance from soccer’s governing body before their demise in June.

Yesterday, the Ulster club stated on their website they “never received any financial assistance from the association for the running of our senior team, and to imply otherwise is wrong and misleading.

“Of the €130,000 mentioned, €106,000 is made up of the funding for the establishment of an all-weather pitch at Gortakeegan to further enhance an FAI regional centre at Monaghan United. The remainder, which is affiliation and referees’ fees would have been paid in full at the end of our present season in line with normal practices. Monaghan United have always met their financial commitments to the league at the end of every season... [and are] unaware of any assistance offered or given by the association, financial or otherwise to the club during this period.”

One FAI figure, however, said that the body had no wish to prolong the issue and their official line remains what League of Ireland director Fran Gavin said on Wednesday.

“One of the things that was disappointing was that they said they hadn’t got support from the league and the FAI,” Gavin insisted. “Nothing could be further from the truth. They owe the FAI about €130,000. That’s based around affiliation fees and the referees’ fees, which we pay for them. So there has been huge assistance.”

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