A group of senior international Irish players represented by Integrity Sports contributed with different amounts to an emergency fund of €30,000.
Which has been set up to help footballers in Ireland’s domestic league going through financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the temporary cessation of football in the League of Ireland.
The administration of the fund is managed by player union PFA Ireland and a Committee oversees and approves all applications. Graham Barrett, in charge of Integrity Sports and a former player told The Irish Times “As footballers, we belong to a community. At times of need, communities support each other.”
Many other player unions have carried out similar initiatives in their countries such as AIC in Italy for example.