St Patrick's Athletic have been forced to temporarily lay off their playing and coaching staff, according to a statement from the League of Ireland club.

The coronavirus pandemic has practically ended all sport in Ireland and there is no indication when domestic soccer will get back up and running, with the Government saying on Tuesday that there would be no gatherings of more than 5,000 people permitted before September.

A statement from the Dublin-based club read: "It is with considerable regret that the board of St Patrick's Athletic FC, following extensive deliberation, announces that as of today it has been left with no option but to temporarily lay off its playing and coaching staff. 

"The board has carefully considered statements made over recent days by Government ministers and public health officials, which make it clear that sporting events involving large crowds, and therefore League of Ireland football as we know it, are most unlikely to recommence until autumn at the earliest."

Last week, Shamrock Rovers players and staff agreed a 25% pay cut with the club, while Sligo Rovers had to lay off their players and staff last month.

"We completely understand and accept the rationale for these statements, given the devastating effects of the coronavirus and the absence to date of methods to prevent its transmission other than through social distancing," added the St Pat's statement.

"We accept that the preservation of the lives and health of our community must take precedence over other concerns. 

"It is nearly seven weeks since our last game. We have had virtually no income since then and this will remain the case until it is again possible to play in front of large crowds. 

"The board had been working on the assumption that this could happen in June, as planned by the FAI and the National League Executive Committee. 

"Thanks to the agreement of our players and staff, who agreed  adjustments to their contracts, we have up to now maintained everyone in employment.

"However, it is impossible for us to continue to do this when it is now uncertain that football, and our budgeted income stream, will resume at any time this year. 

"It would be imprudent for us to attempt to do so and would jeopardise the survival of our club.  We cannot take that chance."