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Tuesday 22 October 2019

FAI refuses to comment on Delaney's Uefa status

John Delaney (Brian Lawless/PA)
John Delaney (Brian Lawless/PA)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The FAI has refused to comment on whether it has confidence in John Delaney's position as a member of the Uefa executive committee.

It has also declined to confirm if Mr Delaney will carry out any FAI duties around the forthcoming European Under-17 Championships, which take place in Ireland between May 3 and May 19.

Mr Delaney is chairman of the Uefa youth and amateur football committee and was front and centre at the competition's draw in Dublin earlier this month.

That was before he voluntarily stepped aside from FAI duties.

The importance of his role with Uefa was cited when Mr Delaney moved into a new FAI brief as executive vice president on March 23.

However, he has since stepped aside pending the completion of independent investigations into "issues of concern" to the FAI board.

Uefa has refused to comment on the specifics of Mr Delaney's position but it has said it is "aware" of developments.

The FAI has responded with a "no comment" to a series of questions arising from developments - including Mr Delaney's Uefa status.

Asked directly if the association "still has confidence in Mr Delaney with regard to his membership of the Uefa executive committee" and if he would be present at the under-17 finals, the FAI responded with a 'no comment'.

There is also an absence of clarity surrounding when the process for appointing a new CEO will now begin.

The FAI also did not answer when asked who will step into executive vice president duties during Mr Delaney's "gardening leave".

Irish Independent

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