John Delaney’s future in the FAI is reportedly in doubt with former supportive members of the board now harbouring reservations about the Executive Vice President.
According to Dan McDonnell and Ger Keville of The Independent.ie, Delaney’s position has been the subject of “high-level talks” with further developments expected over the weekend.
Delaney has come under renewed scrutiny this week following his appearance in front of the Oireachtas Committee for Transport Tourism and Sport in which he refused to answer a number of questions based on legal advice.
The 51-year old along with a number of FAI members were in front of the committee to explain the emergence of a €100,000 bridging loan given to the organisation by Delaney in April of 2017.
This also came in a week that saw Sport Ireland withhold and suspend funding to the FAI outlining that the body will consider the reinstatement of funding once all ongoing reports commissioned by the FAI have been completed and the recommendations adopted.
Following the Oireachtas Committee fans around Ireland expressed their frustrations as the organisation’s corporate governance with the Cork City faithful boycotting the ‘Joe Delaney stand’ at Turners Cross, named after John Delaney’s father.
The fans also saw a ‘Delaney Out’ banner confiscated from their possession while Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien, who quizzed members of the FAI during the Oireachtas Committee was removed from the grounds.
O’Brien released a statement surrounding the incident.
“There was one fan removed and, unfortunately, that was me. I didn’t even have the banner.
“They told me I was removed on the grounds that I was impeding the gardaí from trying to remove the banner — that is the reason I was given.
“This is a really bad look for the FAI if people are seen not to be allowed conduct peaceful protests. What do they expect?
“You hold up a peaceful banner saying ‘Delaney Out’ and that is not allowed either. It was a peaceful protest, the banner was up for maybe 30 seconds and the reaction of the guards was a little over the top I would say.