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Athlone Town Investigating Two Players For Alleged Overseas Travel

The club will not be identifying the players while the investigation is going on.

Athlone Town AFC is investigating allegations that two members of their men's senior squad travelled overseas during the mid-season break. 

The two players were last involved with their team before the most recent game against UCD on May 28th and before they're alleged to have gone abroad in contravention of Covid 19 regulations. 

They have not been in close contact with other first team members or staff for some weeks.

The club will not be identifying the players while the investigation is going on and they will not be in the squad for the upcoming game away to Galway United. 

The club intends to look thoroughly into the allegations in order to establish the true factual situation, and see if any further steps need to be taken.

Statement on Behalf of Athlone Town AFC.

Athlone Town AFC can today (June 9th) confirm that it is investigating allegations that two members of the club's men's senior squad travelled overseas during the mid-season break. 

The club will look thoroughly into the allegations in order to establish the true factual situation, and see if any further steps need to be taken.

We will not be identifying the players during the currency of the formal investigation.

The club accepts that the allegations are serious, especially in light of the current travel advice regarding combat the Covid19 pandemic, issued by the government.

The club can confirm that prior to the break no member of our staff or any of our players asked for permission to leave the country.

In advance of the break players were given advices from various parties that any travel outside of Ireland during the break should be agreed with clubs.

Had anyone associated with the club sought permission, consent would not have been given, unless such travel was absolutely necessary.

The club would also like to point out that the two players at the centre of the allegations have not been in close contact with other members of our first team squad and staff for some weeks.

They were last involved with the Men's Senior Team on a date prior to our most recent game, against UCD on May 28th last, and before their alleged departure overseas.

In addition, they will not be included in our match-day squad for our forthcoming game away to Galway United.

We will issue a further statement on this issue at a later date. 

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