Bohemians have admitted to an 'error' after footage emerged of two groups of three of the club's players training at Fr. Collins Park in Donaghmede.

Footage of the training session spread on social media today, but as it was filmed at a distance, it was unclear just as to the numbers of players involved.

In a statement this evening, the club confirmed that their players were involved in the training sessions. However while they admitted to an error in allowing two different groups of three players and one coach at the same venue, they insisted that all other social distancing guidelines were adhered to.

The statement read: "A video of Bohemians players exercising in a public park that has been circulated on social media has been brought to the attention of the club and we wish to clarify the circumstances.

"Bohemians players have, since Monday May 18, on six separate days, met in groups of three in public parks around the city.

"These groups of players were assembled in a way that respects the 5km travel rule that remains in place, while strict measures, which can be seen below, were put in place to enable this to happen in a safe manner. 

"These measures include players travelling to location on their own, players maintaining social-distancing, while procedures were put in place for the use and sanitisation of any equipment used.

"The video now in circulation shows two groups at Fr Collins Park in Donaghmede. 

"While it was an error to have two groups at the same venue at the same time, a distance of 20 metres was maintained between the two groups at all times.

"All club stakeholders involved have agreed that there will only be one group of three plus one coach per park/location until the FAI's agreed date for the club to return to collective training on Monday 8 June."

Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Derry City all returned negative Covid-19 tests last week, as part of a pilot programme to ensure a safe return for football at all levels.

A mini tournament is planned for July involving the four clubs, who have all qualified for European football.