Sunday 30 April 2017

FAI boss up €100,000 thanks to new role in Uefa

John Delaney, left, during the 41st Uefa Congress in Helsinki Photo: Sportsfile
John Delaney, left, during the 41st Uefa Congress in Helsinki Photo: Sportsfile

Gavin White

FAI CEO John Delaney will reportedly earn an extra €100,000 a year after he was elected to Uefa's Executive Committee at the governing body's congress in Helsinki.

Mr Delaney received 48 votes out of 54, comfortably winning him a lucrative seat on the powerful committee.

The position will give Mr Delaney €300-a-day living expenses when on official business.

The English FA recently told 'The Sunday Times' that David Gill received a payment of €100,000 a year during his time as a committee member.

Mr Delaney's election to the Uefa Executive Committee comes just one day after the Irish women's team held a press conference outlining their grievances with the FAI about their treatment.

Among other things, the players claimed they were forced to share tracksuits with underage teams.

They also asked for gym membership to be provided.

Mr Delaney said "to represent your country at the highest level in Uefa is something I'm very proud of".

Speaking to RTÉ yesterday he said: "I'm very proud to represent Ireland and the grassroots.

"It's all about 28 votes because it is 28 that gets you elected."

Delaney said he was "absolutely thrilled" to come second in the election.

Irish Independent

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