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Linfield and Coleraine agree to donate UEFA funds as resolution to Irish League crisis nears

 

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Coleraine manager Oran Kearney (left) and Linfield boss David Healy.

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney (left) and Linfield boss David Healy.

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Coleraine manager Oran Kearney (left) and Linfield boss David Healy.

Irish League clubs are working towards a solution to finally conclude the 2019-20 season which would see top two Premiership sides Linfield and Coleraine make a cash donation from Uefa money to the other 10 teams.

Following a week of explosive meetings involving the 12 top-flight clubs, public squabbles, claims and counter claims which have plunged the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) into crisis, the Belfast Telegraph understands that the Blues and Bannsiders are willing to hand over weighted sums of cash to the rest of those in the division should the pair be nominated for Champions League and Europa League places respectively.

It can also be revealed that the 10 clubs - Crusaders, Cliftonville, Glentoran, Larne, Glenavon, Dungannon Swifts, Carrick Rangers, Ballymena United, Warrenpoint Town and Institute - are agreeable to such a deal if they feel the offer is "significant" and "fair" to them.