Morning Sports Update

The FAI are understood to be coming under pressure from UEFA to examine if they can sell off part or all of their share of the Aviva Stadium to address their debt crisis.

UEFA are reported to have already advanced the FAI 15 million euro to solve its cashflow issues, which include paying off debts on the stadium.

Overall debt is believed to be in the tens of millions.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon D’Or for a record sixth time.

10 years after his first award, the Argentine claimed the prize ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

American Megan Rapinoe claimed the women’s Ballon D’Or.

Despite not winning, Van Dijk was proud of his achievement

Manchester City can reduce Liverpool’s Premier League lead to 8 points with a win over Burnley at Turf Moor tonight.

8.15 is the start time.

At 7.30, Crystal Palace play Bournemouth.

Mauricio Pochettino has signalled he is willing to return to front line management.

The Argentine was let go by Tottenham last month.

Meanwhile Christian Eriksen is understood to be willing to leave Spurs and not sign a new contract.

The new Dublin senior football manager is set to be ratified on Thursday week.

A sub committee will appear before the County Board this week before interviews are held.

Dessie Farrell and Pat Gilroy are believed to be the front runners to replace Jim Gavin.

Joey Carbery is in line to return for Munster against Leinster in the Pro 14 at the end of the month.

The fly-half has been struggling with an ankle injury since before the World Cup.

And there’s racing at Dundalk today, with the first off there at 1.55.