PSNI footballers could miss World Fire & Police Games in Belfast

The PSNI football team is embroiled in a row after the club's management told players that it would not be entered into this year's World Police & Fire Games in Belfast.

BBC Sport understands the management had concerns over the squad's commitment and in the ensuing stand-off, one player has quit the team.

This happened despite the PSNI team's qualification for the final of the British Police tournament on Tuesday.

The Games run from 1-10 August.

The row followed the PSNI's 3-1 win over Dorset Police in the semi-finals of the UK police competition on Tuesday which set up a meeting with the Strathclyde Police next month.

After Tuesday's game, the PSNI players were told that because of several reasons - including their fitness and commitment levels - they would not be entered into the World Fire & Police Games.

One player is understood to have quit the club on the spot and others are said to be "in limbo".

When asked for a response on Wednesday, the PSNI club told BBC Sport that attempts were being made to resolve the issue so that a team would be able to compete in the games.

"The PSNI FC has entered a team and paid the necessary fees for the forthcoming World Police & Fire Games," the PSNI FC told BBC Sport in a statement.

"Rules covering the games also dictate that each individual within a team must also personally register and pay the appropriate fees.

"Yesterday afternoon the football management team informed the team committee that only two players had so far registered.

"Primarily for this reason it was concluded that the PSNI FC would not be in a position to field a full strength team.

"This morning the secretary of the committee and team captain agreed that every effort must be made to get a full squad of players registered as soon as possible and to this end the captain is actively encouraging the players.

"It is the wish of the PSNI FC to compete in the games with a full squad of players."

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