Former FAI CEO John Delaney has been joined as a notice part to proceedings brought by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement concerning materials recently seized from the FAI's offices on foot of a search warrant.
Twenty-five years ago, this week, football in Ireland was on a high with the men’s national team having just returned from its second FIFA World Cup. In contrast, our rugby union team was in the middle of one of its poorest decades in history, never finishing outside the bottom two of the then Five Nations.
John Delaney has offered to voluntarily step down from his role as Executive Vice-President with immediate effect pending the completion of an independent investigation by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) into issues of concern to the Board.
Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has called for a State inquiry into the FAI's financial situation following former CEO's John Delaney's refusal to answer questions about a €100,000 loan he gave the organisation.
The FAI may feel that Wednesday's Oireachtas Committee appearance was a victory, but the questions that remain will prove to be an own goal in time if they are not answered. Here are the issues that remain, despite the lengthy exchanges in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House, writes
An invitation from the FAI to members of the Oireachtas Committee on Sport to attend a social occasion, days before the FAI was due to be grilled on its finances, has been described as “wholly inappropriate”.
Why a national sporting body needed a €100,000 bridging loan from its chief executive, when it received in the region of €50m state funding over a 10-year period, is a key question John Delaney must answer when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
FAI chief John Delaney says that lessons have been learned from the collapse of the Vantage Club ticket scheme just over a decade ago and described the latest edition of their Club Ireland package, which has been launched at the Aviva Stadium, as “the best value premium level scheme in Irish sport”.
If he turned on the telly in the team hotel ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Northern Ireland last Thursday, Séamus Coleman might have taken inspiration from watching Theresa May defend her Brexit deal in the House of Commons.
It’s the riddle that won’t go away and Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney added further mystique to their debt-free plans by stopping short of confirming whether they’d still be in the red after 2020.
While stating he thinks it’s “logical” to hold off on negotiations with Martin O’Neill until the road to Russia has run its course, John Delaney has declined to specify whether a new contract offer for the manager is actually dependent on Ireland qualifying for the 2018 World Cup Finals.