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Irish FA set to pull plug on Premiership season as UEFA to confirm dates for European qualifiers

 

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The National Stadium at Windsor Park (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The National Stadium at Windsor Park (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy

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On move: Chris Johns is expected to join Linfield

On move: Chris Johns is expected to join Linfield

The National Stadium at Windsor Park (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Uefa's Executive Committee meeting today is expected to confirm that European qualifiers will go ahead in August, and that development is likely to bring the curtain down on the domestic league season.

Danske Bank Premiership clubs had expressed a desire to play out the remaining seven league fixtures in August when it's hoped fans will be allowed back into stadiums but it appears Covid-19 and the clock has beaten them.

The Irish FA remain determined to finish the Irish Cup provided they are given the green light by the NI Executive, with the final possibly being staged on August 3 - the same date the Association need to nominate three Irish League clubs to Uefa to take part in European competition. But the league campaign looks doomed with Uefa expecting seasons to be completed by then and the Euro qualifiers proceeding in the middle of August.