Friday night's match between Coleraine and Ballymena United turned into a political football and left plenty of questions about how united the Executive really is in the fight against Covid-19.
mere 90 minutes before kick-off, Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry was told that Sinn Fein Communities Minister Caral Ni Chuilin had instructed that all elite sport must be played without fans during the four-week lockdown.
After weeks of planning the safe entry of supporters into the Danske Bank Premiership fixture, those at The Showgrounds were suddenly thrown into total confusion.
The decision was rightly made to allow fans into the ground after liaising with the PSNI and footballing authorities, as it was deemed safer than letting them congregate in large numbers at the main gate.
With the action taking place on the pitch, First Minister Arlene Foster stepped in and tweeted that the new regulations do not ban spectators in the grounds of elite sports, as the farcical situation continued to escalate.
She said it was "preposterous" for clubs to be told anything to the contrary.
Other Premiership clubs were then left scrambling to find out if they could allow fans to attend Saturday's matches as the chaos deepened.
Ms Ni Chuilin has since accepted that legislation does not prevent fans from attending games, but urged sporting bodies to follow her advice.
She plans to hold face-to-face talks with bodies such as the Irish FA and Ulster Rugby on Monday, but her solo run has cast serious doubt over the Executive.
Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots also expressed his "grave reservations" about the new Covid restrictions as he believes lockdown is "unsustainable".
Stormont's five main parties issued a joint statement on Friday imploring the public to get behind the regulations, but can those in power really ask such a thing if major cracks continue to emerge at Stormont?
The actions of Mr Poots and Ms Ni Chuilin are just the latest examples of mixed messages from our political leaders on how to tackle Covid-19 and what it is we're supposed to be doing.
While the Communities Minister's statement on Friday caused a headache for Irish League clubs and fans, it casts major doubt on the unity of this Executive as it tackles a deadly virus that isn't going away.