John Earley has resigned from the Football Association of Ireland’s board with “immediate effect.”
Irish football’s governing body made the announcement on Wednesday evening. Earley is the third board member to step away from the FAI since March. The Tipperary native has been on the board since 2015 and was the chair of the underage committee. According to the association, he will continue to be involved with the Schoolboy Football Association of Ireland.
The FAI confirmed the news with a tweet sent on Wednesday evening, which reads:
“The FAI can confirm that John Earley has resigned with immediate effect from the Board of the Football Association of Ireland and as Chairman of the Underage Committee. The Board thanks John for his service and wishes him well with his continued involvement with the SFAI.”
The FAI can confirm that John Earley has resigned with immediate effect from the Board of the Football Association of Ireland and as Chairman of the Underage Committee. The Board thanks John for his service and wishes him well with his continued involvement with the SFAI.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) June 19, 2019
Earley released a statement of his own via the SFAI, which reads:
“In light of recent events, and after much discussion with my family and others, I regretfully confirm my resignation from the board of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and as Chair of the FAI Underage Committee, with immediate effect.
“My time on the board, which came via my election as Chair of the FAI Underage Committee, has given me the opportunity to work alongside some excellent people within and outside of football in Ireland and elsewhere.
“To my board colleagues and members of the FAI Underage Committee, both past and present, and to the staff in Abbotstown, I wish to extend my thanks.
“In my role as Chairman of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI), I have always tried to ensure the underage game in this country is recognised as one of the integral parts of the game.
“With up to 120,000 young players under the umbrella of the SFAI, my role as Chairman is, and has always been, to try and provide them with the best environment to play the game we all love.
“However, a combination of recent events during the ongoing governance review, and the failure to address my concerns at board level, has left me with no other option but to resign.
“I wish all those working to better the game of football in this country the very best of luck, and I look forward to continue working with many of you in my role as Chairman of the SFAI.”
Changes On The FAI Board In Recent Months
Michael Cody, who served as honorary secretary, and Eddie Murray, who served as honorary treasurer and chair of the finance committee, walked away from their positions on the FAI board following an Oireachtas Committee hearing in April.
John Delaney moved away from his position on the board when his role was changed from CEO to executive vice president in March. He has since voluntarily stepped away from his role with FAI.
Minister for Sport Shane Ross said in April that the entire FAI board have informed him that they intend to step down at the association’s AGM in July.
“The existing board will step down to allow for a new board to be constituted in the best interests of football,” Ross said.
“There will be no further funding until we have received credible answers. I will be closely monitoring developments on corporate governance and the conditions that no new capital payments will be made by my department to the FAI until I am satisfied with the new measures.”