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Northern Irish clubs will go under if they do not receive outside help soon, warns NIFL chairman Lawlor

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NIFL interim chairman Gerard Lawlor

NIFL interim chairman Gerard Lawlor

NIFL interim chairman Gerard Lawlor

Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) interim chairman Gerard Lawlor has warned that the domestic game is staring down the barrel of the gun and insists that clubs will go under unless they receive urgent financial help.

Cliftonville Chairman Lawlor took on the NIFL chair this week and today voices real concerns that Covid-19 could yet have a devastating impact on the game here.

The proposed start date for the new Danske Bank Premiership season is October 17 and if, as anticipated, attendances are heavily restricted, clubs will need financial assistance from the Irish FA and the Stormont Executive, says Lawlor.