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FAI Board Release Statement, Intend To ‘Fully Address” Recent Issues

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D, Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar 23/3/2019 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland FAI Chief Executive John Delaney during the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The FAI board have released a statement outlining that it is fully committed to addressing recent issues of concern surrounding the Association.

Following Ireland’s victory over Gibraltar last Saturday the FAI announced that Chief Executive John Delaney would be stepping aside from his role to become the new Executive Vice President of the organisation.

The news came after it was revealed in The Sunday Times that Delaney had given the FAI a €100,000 bridging loan in April of 2017.

A number of other stories have since emerged surrounding the Association, with one also in The Sunday Times revealing that Delaney was having his rent paid for by the FAI, almost €3000 a month.

Irish fans also expressed their displeasure at the corporate governance with a tennis ball protest midway through the Georgia game at the Aviva last week.

The statement reads as follows;

“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland acknowledges the concerns expressed by members of the football family, supporters, commentators, politicians and the public around recent media stories concerning the Association.

“The Board is committed to fully addressing the issues of concern and is undertaking steps to do so.

“The Board of the FAI has established a sub-committee, from amongst its members, which is working closely with the Association’s external advisers and auditors to urgently address these matters.

“Global auditing and consulting group Mazars has been commissioned by the sub-committee to conduct an independent and in-depth external review of all matters.  The Board has requested that this review be completed as soon as possible.

“The FAI is engaging fully with Sport Ireland and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in dealing with their particular inquiries.

“The Association will be appearing before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport and recognises and shares the desire for the matters to be addressed as soon as possible, with due regard to the different ongoing processes.”

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