Niall Quinn's Football Visionary Group have issued a statement dismissing reports that it had withdrawn interest in piloting a revamped League of Ireland.
League of Ireland clubs met in Tallaght yesterday to discuss the future format of the league, with a meeting already pencilled in for Dundalk later in the month, where businessman Kieran Lucid will present his plan for an All-Ireland league to League of Ireland and Irish League clubs.
It was reported on Monday that Quinn's 'Football Visionary Group' had withdrawn from the process to restructure the League of Ireland.
However, the group released a statement this evening angrily rejecting these reports, accusing the FAI of briefing against the group in a "disingenuous manner."
"The Football Visionary Group has noted with surprise the release by the FAI claiming that the Group has withdrawn its interest in being part of the proposed solution for a newly revamped League of Ireland. These claims are completely false.
"It appears that these reports were based on a media release circulated by the FAI. If so, it is both confusing and deeply regrettable that the FAI would choose to act in such a disingenuous manner by providing false information to the public and indeed to the League of Ireland clubs. The Group was not contacted for comment prior to the publication of these claims.
"The Group therefore takes this opportunity to once again confirm its total commitment to supporting the clubs and the creation of a better future for the League of Ireland. Indeed, the Group has been in continuous contact with the clubs throughout the process and hopes that their expertise may be utilised by the League of Ireland clubs in redeveloping the professional game in Ireland.