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Finn Harps boss Horgan hits out at RTÉ’s decision to broadcast Dundalk game on Saturday

Finn Harps boss Horgan hits out at RTÉ’s decision to broadcast Dundalk game on Saturday
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Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan has hit out at RTÉ over their decision to broadcast his side’s match with Dundalk FC in Finn Park this Saturday.

In an interview with The Donegal Democrat, the Donegal side’s boss said the match being on TV was likely to impact on gate receipts.

He added that the new kick-off time of 5pm – changed from 7.45pm – would also be inconvenient for many home supporters.

“They (RTÉ) need to realise that we have players who work on a Saturday,” Horgan told The Donegal Democrat.

“So to give us just a week’s notice is not on. The club and the players deserve better than that.”

The expected drop in the attendance due to the game being shown live on RTÉ2 is also a concern for Horgan.

“We get no remuneration from a live game,” he said.

“You could say the club gets exposure from a live match, and that’s fair enough. But in truth, it hinders us more than anything.

“Bringing the game forward by three hours does nothing to help us. For the fans, a game at 5 o’clock on a Saturday evening is far from ideal.

“This could end up costing us financially and that’s something we just can’t afford at the present time.

“If you look on the plus side, there is a chance for local businesses or sponsors to get some exposure from this game. So if that’s something that might be of interest to anyone out there, we’d be delighted to speak to them.”

Finn Harps need a result against Stephen Kenny’s side to help their battle against relegation while Dundalk need a win to avoid handing the league title to Cork City.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 5pm and is live on RTÉ Two.