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18/09/2021

Sligo Rovers handed walkover as Covid issues force Waterford FC to concede SSE Airtricity points

More Covid issues in Airtricity League mean club can't fulfill its fixture in the north-west

Sligo Rovers have picked up three points and scored three goals in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division all without kicking a ball after it was confirmed on Wednesday morning that Waterford FC are unable to fulfill their fixture at the Showgrounds this Saturday due to Covid issues.

With nine players still in quarantine as suspected close contacts of a COVID-19 case, the Blues decided not to send their U19s to The Showgrounds, issuing a statement after they informed the FAI that they were unable to travel to Sligo due to Covid-related issues.

The matter will now go to the FAI Disciplinary Unit.

The statement from Waterford said that the club was unable to fulfill its “SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture with Sligo Rovers FC this coming Saturday evening due to the ongoing Covid-19 positive case.”

"As per HSE guidelines, a further full round of tests on our first-team squad will take place this weekend before a return to full training on Monday, May 17th, based on results."

The FAI acknowledged Waterford’s position and said ‘agreed procedures’ would be put in place.

As per the Participation Agreement between the FAI and the clubs, this means an automatic 3-0 win for Sligo, lifting them above St Pat’s into second place in the table.

Waterford's senior squad was stood down following a positive Covid-19 test within the squad which left nine other close contacts among the playing staff. Last Saturday, the club had to play its U19 side in the Premier Division game at home to Drogheda - and were beaten 7-0.

The FAI and all clubs will be hoping that Covid will not impact on further games and outcomes as the season progresses.

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