The FAI, GAA and IRFU have announced they will combine forces to prepare a submission for Government on the safe return of supporters to stadiums in Ireland. 

Sport has been proceeding without fans throughout the country since tighter Covid-19 restrictions were introduced just over three weeks ago.

Up to 200 people had been allowed to gather at games from the resumption of play at the end of June until that point and governing bodies had been hoping that would be increased to 500 but fans were banned until at least 13 September.

In the aftermath of that decision, the GAA called for "empirical evidence" to justify the decision and "invited" Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn to present it, drawing some criticism for not pursuing a joint approach with other governing bodies.

Collaboration now seems to be the order of the day and their announcement comes ahead of the publication of the government's eagerly anticipated long-term Covid-19 roadmap on Tuesday.

Speculation grew today that a limited number of supporters would be permitted as part of the plan.

A joint statement said: "The FAI, GAA and IRFU met today to discuss a collaborative approach to the development of a submission to Government on a roadmap for the safe return of supporters to stadia.

"It has been agreed that a further meeting will be held early next week, following the publication of the Government's new roadmap for living with Covid-19. This meeting will consider how the three governing bodies move forward together."