The Football Association of Ireland are faced with a fresh dispute as League of Ireland referees seek assurances that their match expenses are paid on time in the future. Independent.ie understands that some League refs have faced delays in receiving their monthly match expenses.
Following the EA Sports Cup games, the men in black took the decision not to upload their match reports onto a centralised online system, instead faxing them into Abbotstown. Unless the issue is resolved, they will follow the same procedure following next round of League games. The officials’ reports include everything that happens during a game and can take up to an hour to compile. "The referees are quite annoyed about this," a source told Independent.ie. "We have sought assurances about this the season before last and it is coming to a head now. We fill out our expenses before the fifth of each month and the agreement is that they are paid on the final Friday of the month by cheque. "This is nearly eight weeks after the first expense is incurred so you can understand the frustration if it does not arrive on time." It is understood the FAI are engaging with the referees in a bid to resolve the issue and all match referees are currently up to date on payments.