Extraordinary news coming out of the Aviva this afternoon.
The FAI have taken the unprecedented step of shredding 18,000 copies of tonight’s match programmes. The decision to shred and reprint the programmes, with the words of John Delaney omitted, was taken after the FAI felt that they simply could not print the embattled CEO’s comments on the ongoing FIFA corruption saga.
The now destroyed pre-match notes were said to have been extremely inflamatory, and were penned by Delaney prior to the revelation about the FAI receiving 5 million euros from FIFA. Delaney revealed in a radio interview with Ray Darcy that FIFA sanctioned the payment as a means to stave off the threat of legal action, in the wake of Ireland missing out on World Cup qualification when Thierry Henry handled the ball twice in the lead up to William’s Gallas’ goal for France.
An FAI spokesman said:
“John Delaney was entirely unaware of this change to the programme.
“He had already signed off on it and it was approved for printing.”
John Delaney is facing a tidal wave of public disapproval right now. A group of Irish fans have commissioned a banner to be flown over The Aviva an hour before kick off. The banner will read “Enough is Enough, Delaney Out.”