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Irish football fans to fly anti-John Delaney banner above Aviva ahead of Scotland game

Published 12/06/2015 | 18:18

Ireland fans with a banner calling for John Delaney to be removed from his position as CEO of the FAI, the banner is due to be flown over the AVIVA stadium before kick off in the game between Ireland and Scotland.Pic: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie
Ireland fans with a banner calling for John Delaney to be removed from his position as CEO of the FAI, the banner is due to be flown over the AVIVA stadium before kick off in the game between Ireland and Scotland.Pic: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie
Ireland fans with a banner calling for John Delaney to be removed from his position as CEO of the FAI, the banner is due to be flown over the AVIVA stadium before kick off in the game between Ireland and Scotland.Pic: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie
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Some disgruntled Irish football fans have paid for a banner protesting against FAI chief executive John Delaney to be flown over the Aviva Stadium ahead of Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland.

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A large number of individuals have paid €925 and the organisers claim to have received 'extraordinary' support for the venture.

They say that the level of support for the venture is an illustration of the frustration that Irish football fans feel towards the FAI leadership.

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John Delaney has come under fire in recent weeks following the increased scrutiny over a €5m payment made to the FAI from FIFA following the controversial Thierry Henry handball.

Delaney last week revealed the money was arranged by Sepp Blatter after the team controversially lost a play-off against France in 2009 and was secured from FIFA after a heated exchange with Blatter in his office and the FIFA boss joking that the Republic sought to be team 33 at the World Cup in South Africa.

Delaney claimed the money was paid to stave off a threatened a lawsuit against FIFA after officials missed the handball by Henry to set up a goal for William Gallas.

The terms were originally confidential, the FAI has said, but the money was also due to be repaid if the Republic qualified for the subsequent 2014 World Cup.

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