Waterford become latest club to temporarily lay off its staff amid Covid-19 shutdown

Tue, May 05 2020

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Premier Division Waterford FC have become the latest club to temporarily lay off all its players and coaching staff in the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown.

As a result of the latest government and HSE guidelines, the FAI has recently extended the cessation of all its football activities until May 18th.

In light of the ongoing break in League of Ireland action, Waterford have confirmed that they have ‘temporarily’ laid off all its players and coaching staff.

A club statement on Tuesday morning said: “Waterford FC have followed guidelines and have paid close attention to articles and statements made by Government Ministers and public health officials on Covid 19.

“We are well aware that the preservation of the lives and health of our community must take precedence over soccer

“It has been ten weeks since our last game and therefore the last time we generated any form of home game revenue.

“Despite these circumstances, we have kept our staff under employment until today. After much deliberation, we have had to follow Sligo Rovers and St Pat’s Athletic and “temporarily lay off our staff” to safeguard the future of the football club.

“We will review the situation when conditions improve.

“We hope all of our supporters are in good health and are staying safe.”