Saturday 22 July 2017

Delaney in election to football body

John Delaney Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
John Delaney Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The controversy over the treatment of the women's football team comes as FAI chief executive John Delaney seeks election to an international football board.

Mr Delaney is in the running for a place on the executive committee of UEFA - European football's governing body.

He is in Helsinki, Finland, for the 41st Ordinary UEFA Congress.

The FAI chief executive is on a list of 13 candidates vying for the eight available seats on the committee, which will be decided today.

Ireland women's team captain Emma Byrne called on Mr Delaney to listen to team's issues.

"Thanks for telling me what John makes," Ms Byrne said in response to being informed of Mr Delaney's annual salary of €360,000.

"This has nothing to do with what he earns or what the men earn anyway, it's about making sure our girls can turn up for camps, can play for the Irish team without being out of pocket, or having to worry about bills or mortgages, because that's what's going on at the minute."

In Helsinki, Mr Delaney refused to talk about the grievances of the women's team, according to 'The Times of London' chief sports reporter Martyn Ziegler on Twitter last night.

Irish Independent

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