546,500: FAI Slash League Prize Money

  • Sat, Feb 12, 2011 @ 17:19

STRUGGLING Airtricity League clubs received another blow yesterday as the FAI slashed the prize money for the 2011 season.

The total prize pot available to Premier Division clubs has been reduced from 700,000 last year to 223,500, while First Division clubs will play for 91,000 -- down from 161,000. This means a combined drop between the two divisions of 546,500.

The League winners will claim 100,000 instead of the 200,000 Shamrock Rovers pocketed last year when they ended their 16- year wait for the title.

The reductions are on a sliding scale, with the teams finishing eighth, ninth and 10th claiming 5,000 each instead of between 40-42,000 last year.

The First Division top team will also have their pot halved from 50,000 to 25,000, while the FAI Cup winners will receive 50,000 -- down from 60,000. The EA Sports Cup winners will get 10,000.

In the week that saw Sporting Fingal go to the wall, it was also confirmed in a press statement that the clubs' Promotion Officer programme would no longer be part-funded by the FAI.

The statement released yesterday made no mention of the 50,000 the clubs previously received for live television coverage which was part of the prize fund.

The clubs were left with the solace that, "travel grants, match official expenses, supply of official match balls, and television exposure via the RTE 'MNS' highlights programme will all continue as in previous years".

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