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Football is back in Nothern Ireland tonight but thoughts remain with Covid-19 victims, says Irish FA chief

 

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Battle stations: Ballymena United’s Jude Winchester and Stephen Lowry of Coleraine clash on March 7, the last round of Premiership matches before football was suspended

Battle stations: Ballymena United’s Jude Winchester and Stephen Lowry of Coleraine clash on March 7, the last round of Premiership matches before football was suspended

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David Martin

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Battle stations: Ballymena United’s Jude Winchester and Stephen Lowry of Coleraine clash on March 7, the last round of Premiership matches before football was suspended

As competitive football returns to Northern Ireland after 135 days, Irish FA president David Martin says his thoughts are with everyone in the country who has been affected by Covid-19.

The last Danske Bank Premiership games were back on Saturday, March 7 and the global pandemic ensured the game had to go into cold storage while the country went into a long lockdown to save lives.

Even though the virus is still spreading, restrictions are gradually being lifted and this evening's games represent an important step forward for football, its players and supporters.