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FAI Release Defiant Statement Following SIPTU Insolvency Claims

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The FAI have released a statement outlining that they are shocked and disappointed by SIPTU’s claims that the organisation could be facing insolvency in a matter of weeks.

The Trade Union say that the association’s finances are in an “extremely precarious financial situation” and that they face the threat of “becoming insolvent in only a matter of weeks.”

They are also calling for a meeting with Sports Minister Shane Ross in order to solve the issue as members of their union face the risk of losing their job within the FAI.

Denis Hynes, SIPTU Sport Sector Organiser released a statement from the Union calling for a meeting with Minister Ross.

“We have received information that the FAI is in an extremely precarious financial situation with a threat of the organisation becoming insolvent in only a matter of weeks. This has caused great concern to our members who are employed by the FAI.

“While we fully understand that under Fifa rules the government does not have a role in the running of the organisation we believe that with up to 200 jobs at risk the situation is one that requires the direct attention of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.

“We are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister to directly inform him of our concerns and discuss any possible intervention that can be made to alleviate this critical situation.”

The FAI responded with the following statement;

“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland is both shocked and disappointed by today’s statement from SIPTU and their unfounded claims regarding the FAI’s financial situation.

“At a positive meeting of the FAI Council this afternoon, President Donal Conway outlined how the FAI had recently engaged with UEFA when assurances were given regarding their support for the Association.

President Conway said: “As I outlined to our Council meeting today, we recently met with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and Director of National Associations Zoran Lakovic. At that meeting in Nyon, they assured us of the full support of UEFA for the FAI as we go through our current processes. UEFA’s support will ensure the continued viability of the Football Association of Ireland and there is no threat to FAI Operations or to FAI staff.”

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