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Weds pm Sport: Major Sponsor to Withdraw from FAI; The Merseyside Derby Takes Place Tonight; Spurs Jose Mourinho Goes To Old Trafford; GAA Proposes Two C'ship Changes

: 12/04/2019 - 17:07

The FAI have been plunged deeper into financial crisis.

Telecommunications company 'Three' will end their decade-long sponsorship of Irish football when their current contract expires in July 2020.

Since 2009, Three have invested 30-million euro into Irish football but they've decided to concentrate their sponsorship on music.

The association's 2018 accounts are due to be published tomorrow with massive losses expected.

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VAR will be used for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Slovakia in March.

UEFA have confirmed that the technology will be utilised for the play-off games, having opted not to use VAR during the qualifiers.

Ireland play the Slovaks on March 26th, with the winner away to either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina, who meet in the other last-four clash.
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Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for his 100th Premier League win in tonight's Merseyside derby, which kicks off at 8.15.

Liverpool come into the game with an 8 point lead at the top of the table.

By contrast, Everton are struggling in 17th, with manager Marco Silva under pressure.

Also tonight Jose Mourinho takes Spurs to Old Trafford for a 7.30 kick-off.

That's also the start time for tonight's four other games - including Chelsea's clash with Aston Villa.

Leicester City are home to Watford, while Southampton play host to Norwich.

Wolves play West Ham.

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Two potential formats for the All Ireland senior football championship have been unveiled.

Under the first proposal of the Fixtures Calendar Review Taskforce, the four provincial championships would have eight teams in each and two groups of four.

The other proposal suggests the football league be played in the summer as the basis for the Championship, with the provincial championships played in early spring.

The group has also recommended the All Ireland football and hurling finals be played on consecutive weekends.

Central Council will receive the report in January before any motions reach the 2020 Congress.

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The British and Irish Lions will play eight games on their tour to South Africa in 2021.

Warren Gatland's side will play five warm-up matches before the first Test against the world champions on Saturday July 24th in Johannesburg.

The second and third Tests then follow on successive Saturdays in Cape Town and again in Johannesburg.

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