Crues and IFA reach Windsor agreement

Crues and IFA reach Windsor agreement

Irish league side Crusaders has reached an agreement with the Irish Football Association over the team's legal challenge to a government-funded £25m upgrade to Windsor Park football stadium.

A joint statement was issued by Irish league side Crusaders and the IFA on Saturday saying that the club would now withdraw a judicial review taken against the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure over the stadium's future redevelopment.

A total of £110m was set aside by DCAL for three building projects - the Ulster rugby ground at Ravenhill, the GAA's Casement Park and Windsor Park.

Crusaders said that they welcomed the agreement with the Irish FA for an increase in the funding to be made available to NIFL from 2015.

"NIFL will manage the division and distribution of this finance, in order to support sporting integrity and competitive balance within the Premier League.

"The current NIFL contract which ends in 2017 will be renegotiated in 2016 for five year periods thereafter and the sporting integrity and competitive balance element will be renegotiated on the same basis."

The statement continued: "Further the Irish FA will constitute a " whole game" consultation process with the senior, intermediate, junior, women's, boy's and schools to develop a model to distribute available financial surplus generated from the 2017/18 season.

"The Irish FA undertakes to use its best endeavours to include such an approach in its Articles of Association. On the removal of the Judicial Review the Irish FA is hoping that building work on the Windsor Park redevelopment will start later this year and that the international stadium will be completed in 2015."


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