The FAI are in a bit of hot water this week following claims that the Irish women’s national team have been disgracefully treated and are threatening to go on strike.
It has emerged in recent days that members of the side had to get changed in airport toilets and share their tracksuits with other teams.
In the middle of this controversial row, it was announced today that current FAI CEO John Delaney has been elected to UEFA’s executive committee. According to the Irish Independent, he won his seat after receiving 48 votes out of a possible 54. David Gill, former chief executive of Manchester United has been re-elected to the same committee.
The English FA recently released a statement to The Sunday Times revealing that Gill earned €100,000 per year while he was on this committee. Delaney would most likely receive a similar salary to his English counterpart.
At the moment, Delaney has a reported salary of around €360,000, more than three times what Dundalk received for winning the Airtricity League last season(€110,000). His new salary, then, would be roughly €470,000, pretty close to the €475,000 that was spread among all the Premier Division clubs last year.
This announcement is rather untimely given the scale of the problems just reported by the women’s national team.
According to the Irish Times, Members of the PFAI say that lawyers have asked for a match fee of €300 per player and payments to cover expenses.
To put that in unflattering perspective for the FAI, John Delaney will receive €300 per day in living expenses when on official business with UEFA according to the Irish Independent.
FAI president Tony Fitzgerald released a statement earlier today thanking Delaney for all the work he has done for the organisation over the last 10 years;
“John has led the FAI successfully for more than 10 years overseeing the development of the game, initiating major infrastructure improvement and managing the financial well-being of the Association in the most challenging of times.”
“His success within UEFA reflects the impact his work and that of the Association has had during his tenure as CEO on all strands of the game from Grassroots to elite football.”
“John’s strategic capabilities set him apart. His passion for the development of the home of football – the Aviva Stadium, in conjunction with the IRFU and the Government, the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown and the winning of major tournament bids including the UEFA Europa League Final in 2011, UEFA Under-17 European Championships in 2019 and UEFA EURO 2020 are just some examples of the drive, determination and professionalism which earmarked John as a likely successful candidate within European football’s highest ranks.”
“It is really a great boost for Irish football that John has successfully been elected to the UEFA Executive Committee,” Fitzgerald concluded(via FAI).”