THE FAI AND the Republic of Ireland squad have struck a deal on the issue of qualification bonuses for this summer’s European Championships, the Association confirmed this evening.
Players met with the Abbotstown bosses on Monday to discuss the issue and agreed to accept a smaller bonus than that given to the squad after the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign.
Players who played in every game of the 2002 campaign received a bonus in the region of €70,000 each, while those players who featured less frequently received a smaller share.
A joint statement issued by the FAI and the players tonight described Monday’s meeting as “constructive and brief”.
During the discussions the players emphasised the immense honour and pride which they feel in representing the country through this and previous campaigns. 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.