Hockey Ireland has asked clubs to pause their appeals against a decision which granted EY Hockey League club Lisnagarvey a place in next season's EuroHockey League until a final ruling is made by Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland on the matter.

Irish hockey's governing body had initially allocated the men's EuroHockey League spot for 2020-21 to Three Rock Rovers, who had featured in the competition during the 2019-20 campaign, before an appeal by Lisnagarvey was upheld by an independent appeals panel.

It comes after this season's EY Hockey League, which Lisnagarvey had been leading until the suspension of fixtures in March, was declared null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Subsequently, the Hockey Ireland board accepted a recommendation from their competitions committee that Pegasus and Loreto would represent Ireland in the women's EuroHockey League final and EuroHockey Club Trophy respectively in the 2020-21 season, just as they had done for the 2019-20 season.

Similarly, in the men's category, it was decided that next season's entries to European competition would also reflect the 2019-20 allocations, with Three Rock Rovers representing Ireland in the EuroHockey League, while Lisnagarvey would go into the EuroHockey Club Trophy II.

However, Lisnagarvey appealed that decision.

The club's appeal was upheld by an appeals panel, leading to further appeals to that decision by other clubs.

While Hockey Ireland says it has accepted the appeals panel's decision, the governing body in turn has sought the mediation of the Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland, stating that in its view, the panel had "focussed on Lisnagarvey Hockey Club's appeal without any, or insufficient, regard to the consequences of such a change to the broader Hockey Ireland decision".