Tuesday 25 April 2017

Delaney in running for election to UEFA board

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile
FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

FAI chief executive John Delaney has put himself in the running for election to the board of UEFA.

The 49-year-old is one of 13 candidates that are vying for eight positions on the Executive Committee of European football's governing body.

UEFA will fill the places on their committee at their congress in Helsinki on April 5.

Delaney is currently a member of UEFA's National Team Committee and was a supporter of the association's new president Aleksander Ceferin - a Slovenian - when he was running for office. He enjoyed a strong relationship with his predecessor Michel Platini before the Frenchman left office under a cloud.

Successful

The FAI secured the 2011 Europa League final and will also be a co-host of Euro 2020 after mounting a successful campaign.

Delaney's opponents include England's long-serving administrator David Gill, Kieran O'Connor from Wales and vice-president Michael van Praag from Holland who lost out to Ceferin in the race for the top job.

Ex-Poland star Zbigniew Boniek has also thrown his name into the ring.

Ireland's last representative on UEFA ExCo was Dundalk man Des Casey who stepped away in 2001.

Meanwhile, Ceferin has confirmed that UEFA will demand that Europe gets 16 places when the World Cup expands to 40 teams from 2026.

Under the current qualification system, 13 places are awarded to teams from this continent with nine group winners and four second-placed teams making the cut.

Irish Independent

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