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The upcoming Unite the Union Champions Cup has been rescheduled for 2022 due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases on the Irish island.
The next stage of the competition was was established at the National Stadium in Windsor Park in Belfast last month.
The semi-finals will see teams in the SSE Airtricity League and Northern Irish Football League win.
The final is scheduled to be played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, December 4 but fans have been waiting a long time for the show to be completed.
A words The ruling states: “Given the nature of the COVID-19, the Unite Union has asked the Football Association of Ireland and the Irish Football Association to suspend the Unite the Union Champions Cup until 2022 and for both parties. The parties have agreed to this request.”
Assistant Vice-Chancellor of the Union Secretary Davy Thompson said: “Due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 North and South, we in collaboration with FAI and IFA have decided to suspend the Unite the Union Champions Cup until 2022.
“While this was a decision we expected to make, we believe it is a viable option because of the challenges we face in our health.
“The allies have stood up for our health careers throughout this period, and we see that a major cross-border event such as the Champions Cup could present additional challenges for health workers.
“We would like to thank the Associations and Clubs for the idea taken today. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who work on this line for their continued commitment to the community.”
League of Ireland captain Mark Scanlon added: “We apologize to the fans of all the clubs that took part in the Unite the Union Champions Cup from the League of Ireland and the Irish League but all concerned see this as the best choice this season.
“We look forward to revising these changes soon in the New Year.”
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