Antrim's Allianz Football League clash against Waterford will go ahead this weekend after the Saffrons gave up home advantage and offered to play the Division 4 encounter in Dundalk. 

The round seven match had been due to take place in Portglenone, just outside Ballymena, on Saturday at 2pm, but Waterford were poised to concede the fixture, citing Covid-19 concerns, including worries expressed by some players' employers over them travelling to Northern Ireland.

Antrim had also offered to move the game to Belfast, before suggesting the Dundalk venue. 

In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday night,  Antrim GAA said: "We believe the integrity of the league needs to be upheld. If we are good enough to collect 2pts we will do it in a fair and manly manner on the field of play."

Waterford confirmed on Twitter that the option was one that they would take up. 

"Waterford last night agreed to Antrim's generous offer to play the Allianz League game in Dundalk," a Twitter post read.

"The game was confirmed later last night for Geraldines Louth GAA club grounds."

Waterford had indicated that there had been "reservations within the playing group of travelling to the Belfast area", prompting a number of withdrawals. 

They added that the employers of some members of the panel stipulated that a 14-day isolation period would be required upon the players' return from Northern Ireland. 

However, Government guidelines currently exempt those arriving from Northern Ireland from the 14-day isolation period that applies to all arrivals from other countries.

However while employers are not able to stop inter-county players among their staff from travelling to represent their counties in those elite games, they are within their rights to enforce mitigation measures subsequent to that, according to employment law specialist Richard Grogan.

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