Drama in the Leagues of Ireland this evening as Cork City fans boycott the Shed End at Turners Cross over the ongoing fallout involving John Delaney and the FAI.
The stand is officially known as the ‘Joe Delaney Stand’ who was the father of the much-maligned former FAI chief executive.
Delaney’s father was a long-time member of the Munster Football Association who owns Cork City’s home ground, Turners Cross.
The move comes after the weeks and weeks of discussion about Delaney who was found to have given the FAI a €100,000 ‘bridging loan’ in April of 2017.
Since the story was first reported by the Sunday Times last month a lot has gone down.
Before Ireland faced Gibraltar in Mick McCarthy’s first game in charge, Delaney stepped down from his role as chief executive, however, instead of leaving the association he was in fact given the newly created role of executive vice-president.
Following his change in roles Delaney commented;
“It has been my absolute pleasure and privilege to have served the Football Association of Ireland as CEO since 2005 and I would like to thank all the staff and everyone involved in Irish football for their support and assistance in that time.
“This new role is one that really excites me. For some months now, I have been talking to President Donal Conway, the Board and members of our senior management team about redefining the most senior management roles at the Association.”
The FAI and Delaney appeared before the Oireachtas Committee this week to discuss the current fallout and try to get some answers but Delaney sought legal counsel who advised him not to speak leaving politicians, pundits and fans fuming.
Cork City’s protest tonight could be the first in a long line of protests set to take place around the League of Ireland until Delaney and the board step down.