Wednesday 1 March 2017

FAI to fight €1m claim by club's ex-owner

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

THE FAI is preparing to fight a legal case taken by an American lawyer who is seeking almost €1m in damages, arising from his time as owner of Limerick FC.

Jack McCarthy, who has since sold the club, has taken a lawsuit in the US against the FAI and specific employees including CEO John Delaney.

Mr McCarthy, who lost around €300,000 during his 22-month stint in charge of the Shannonsiders, claims he was assured by the FAI that he would be given support by the association in areas such as club promotion, marketing and financial structure.

The FAI has described his claims as "baseless, unsubstantiated and defamatory".

Mr McCarthy wants to have the case heard in New Jersey but the FAI could request to have the case moved to the Irish jurisdiction.

The FAI said it intended to contest the action "with the utmost vigour possible".

"The association and its employees acted at all times in the best interests of the game and denies absolutely any accusation of misleading Mr McCarthy.

"The association is appalled that such baseless and defamatory allegations have been made by Mr McCarthy but intends to defend its good name vigorously," the statement added.

Irish Independent

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