The Football Association of Ireland has announced an extension to the cessation of all football under its jurisdiction until April 19th following directives from the Irish government, the Department of Health and UEFA.

In a statement this afternoon, the FAI said the decision to extend a deadline for the return to football had been taken in light of the ‘ever-growing threat posed by the Covid-19 outbreak and in the best interests of our players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff’.

The decision will be monitored on an ongoing basis as the FAI maintains communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on Covid-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines.

FAI medical director Dr. Alan Byrne has again advised the FAI that in the current exceptional circumstances, clubs should not engage in collective training during the cessation period for all football activity under the FAI’s jurisdiction.

“This recommendation is based on the government’s desire to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and Dr. Byrne strongly advises against clubs training during this cessation period, which runs until April 19th inclusive,” the statement concluded.