Dundalk have avoided being forced to play their Under-19 side in upcoming games after their playing staff returned negative Covid-19 results following a breach of guidelines last week.

In a statement, the club confirmed that "some members of the first-team" playing squad broke the protocols and guidelines. Lilywhite players visited Belfast City Centre on Saturday.

All players and coaching staff underwent Covid-19 testing on Tuesday morning and returned negative results.

A Dundalk FC spokesperson said: "After consultation with HSE Live, the club has determined that no further action needs to be taken.

"Since the advent of the virus, the club has worked in line with the FAI and HSE to ensure a safe environment for all of its players and staff and it is abundantly clear to everyone at Oriel Park that Covid-19 protocols must be strictly adhered to at all times.

"The players fully recognise that this breach was a serious error of judgement and apologise unreservedly for their actions."

The incident was the latest difficulty in Dundalk's season.

The club are without a permanent manager following the departure of Shane Keegan and Filippo Giovagnoli last month and are currently seventh in the Premier Division table, trailing Shamrock Rovers by 16 points after just 10 matches.

Dundalk travel to Donegal to face Finn Harps on Friday evening.

Waterford FC played their Under-19 side against Drogheda United due to Covid-19 cases within their camp. The Blues have forfeited this week's game with Sligo Rovers after a 7-0 defeat last week.