The FAI have accepted an apology from Bohemians after the Dublin club admitted to an 'error' in following FAI advice on small group training during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Footage of a training session involving a number of the club's players appeared on social media on Wednesday and Bohemians admitted facilitating small group training sessions on six occasions since 18 May.

Those sessions went against the advice issued by FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne.

The FAI has included Bohemians in a four-team pilot programme, along with Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Derry to facilitate a safer return to football.

"We accept that facilitating small group training sessions was contrary to FAI advice and against the professional advice offered by the FAI's medical director Dr Alan Byrne," said a Bohemians spokesperson.

"We are aware of our position as role models for the game in Ireland and are grateful to be one of the four teams involved in the pilot programme designed to secure a safer return to football for everyone involved with our sport across the country.

"We regret if our actions, although made in good faith in line with phase one of the government roadmap, may have placed that programme at risk. 

"As a club, we apologise to the FAI and to all our fellow stakeholders for any offence caused. We are mindful of the huge amount of work and sacrifice being made by so many in this country in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and we thank all those on the frontline for their ongoing contributions."Welcoming the Bohemians' apology.

FAI Interim CEO Gary Owens said: "We are happy that Bohemians have reaffirmed their commitment to the pathway we are on to ensure a safer return to football. The guidelines we have issued are based on the best possible medical advice."