Potential Galway United investor ‘looking for shortcut to Europe’

An ‘overseas investor’ is in talks with Galway United regarding the possibility of a takeover, according to the Irish Times.

The newspaper reports that the unnamed individual has visited Galway and left feeling impressed by the League of Ireland Premier Division club, as well as the city itself. Talks are said to have been ongoing since the visit.

Galway United secretary Mike Daly told the Irish Times that the interested party “is looking for a shortcut to Europe and to blood players” at the club, with the paper suggesting that the players in question would be foreign recruits.

The Tribesmen are currently fighting against relegation from the Premier Division with the club sitting in 11th place in the table after 22 games. Shane Keegan’s side have won just three matches in the league, losing nine and drawing 10.

Three teams will be relegated from the 12-team Premier Division this season as part of a restructuring of the league.


Meanwhile, Athlone Town have issued a statement expressing ‘disappointment and anger’ over the perceived treatment of the club since allegations of match-fixing surfaced.

The First Division outfit are under investigation by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), in conjunction with UEFA, regarding the allegations which first emerged in May, two months after the season commenced.

“The club firmly believes that the investigation/disciplinary process is deeply flawed,” a statement, which can be read on the club’s Facebook page, says.

“In our opinion the investigators have acted with perceived bias, and have ignored basic human rights, civil liberties, and natural justice to which each and every person is entitled.

“The club has repeatedly stated its firm view that the investigation should have been a matter for An Garda Síochána or another police authority.

“This is because we believe the FAI lacks the investigative abilities or resources to enable it to find evidence (if any existed), to support the most serious of allegations being made against the club.”

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