2007 League Of Ireland
The League of Ireland, consisting of both the League of Ireland Premier Division and the League of Ireland First Division, kicked off in March 2007. The competition remained under the sponsorship of Irish telecommunications company, eircom.
Rather than being decided by the usual process of relegation and promotion, the participants of the respective Premier and First Divisions for 2007 were chosen by way of a ranking process carried out by an Independent Assessment Group appointed by the Football Association of Ireland.
Shelbourne F.C. should have been the defending champions, having won the title in November 2006. However, they were prevented from doing so after the FAI decided that the club should be relegated from the top division for financial reasons prior to the beginning of the 2007 season. While their participation in the Premier Division was removed due to extreme financial trouble at the club, which had been present throughout the 2006 season, the title they won that season was not stripped from them.
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