Cork City have taken the decision to stop paying their players and staff from next week as a result of the "difficult and uncertain times" resulting from the impact of the coronavirus.

The Leeside club announced that they would pay the players and staff for one more week but would not be in a position to continue thereafter due to the league shutdown.

The SSE Airtricity League season was halted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and while it was initially for a two-week period, it has since been announced that matches will not resume until 19 June, at the earliest.

Earlier this week Sligo Rovers announced that it had laid off all their staff in an effort to protect long-term employment.

The Turner's Cross side said that they are working with relevant bodies to try to garner support for their employees at this difficult time.

"The club has informed all players and a number of our staff and coaches that they will be paid in full, as normal, next week, however, the club will not be in a position to continue paying their wages beyond that point," read the statement. 

"We will work with our staff with regard to the recently announced government funding for workers affected by this unprecedented crisis and do everything we can to help and support them.

"There have been ongoing talks between the National League Executive Committee, the FAI and the PFAI, along with regular communication between all Premier Division clubs via the Premier Clubs Alliance.

"It is our fervent hope that all of these parties will continue these communications and will arrive at a solution regarding support and/or funding for clubs during this crisis."

Cork City chairman Declan Carey said: "The board has daily discussions on the latest financial position of the club and this decision was not an easy one.

"We are responsible to our shareholders to make these difficult decisions in the best interests of the overall future of the club.

"We hope things can return to some level of normality soon, however, we urge all our supporters to continue to help the club through this next period of uncertainty through buying merchandise, and supporting our online fundraising initiatives."

Read full statement here.