FAI confirms the Shamrock Rovers-Derry City game is over

The FAI has confirmed that Derry City will fail Wednesday night’s game against newly crowned champions Shamrock Rovers and the matter will be referred to the federation’s disciplinary committee.

The Brandywell Club announced Monday that the game would not resume this week after a player and a member of the backroom team tested positive for coronavirus.

The Irish Football Association initially said it was waiting for more information before officially postponing the game. Now he has published a statement that the matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Commission.

While the committee will decide whether to reschedule the league game or to impose a loss, Derry’s upcoming FAI Cup quarter-final against Sligo Rovers has been postponed and a new date has been set.

“Derry City Football Club has confirmed to the Irish Football Association that it will not be able to play the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game on Wednesday night at Shamrock Rovers due to positive Covid-19 test results from players and club staff,” the statement said .

“The club has also informed the FAI that following these positive tests, the Northern Irish Public Health Authority has withdrawn its entire first team and team for a period of 14 days of self-isolation up to and including November 6th.

“Based on this confirmation from Derry City FC, the failure to perform the Wednesday night game against Shamrock Rovers will now be referred to the FAI Disciplinary Committee in accordance with the FAI Rules and Participation Agreement.

“The quarter-finals of the Extra.ie FAI Cup in Derry City with Sligo Rovers, which was to take place on the Showgrounds this Sunday, has been postponed. The FAI will examine possible new dates for this game in due course. ”

Rovers were scheduled to pick up the Premier Division trophy at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday after winning the title without kicking a ball over the weekend.

Last week the Board of Directors informed League of Ireland clubs that no more games would be postponed due to coronavirus cases.

Wednesday’s game was initially postponed from October 16 after a positive Covid-19 case was found in the Shamrock Rovers squad.

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