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Monday 18 December 2017

Leak in roof of €366m stadium is 'just a hiccup', insists FAI

Craig Hughes

THE new €366m Aviva Stadium is experiencing a few "minor" problems, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) John Delaney has admitted.

Just over a week since the new stadium opened, an internal investigation is already being carried out by the FAI into complaints concerning a leak in a section of the South Terrace roof.

Mr Delaney dismissed the leaks as minor. "It's only natural that in a move such as this you are going to have minor hiccups along the way," he said.

A spokesperson for the stadium confirmed there was a minor leak in a small section of the South Terrace roof and that it had been identified and was being dealt with.

However, he could not confirm that the issue would be resolved before Ireland play Argentina on Wednesday.

"There were some leaks where the roof interfaces with the gutter, but it's now being dealt with."

The news comes as the FAI unveiled a profit of €3.6m last year, according to their annual report, due to be published later this month. Despite having a turnover of €50m, the FAI's profits were brought down by costs such as the rental of Croke Park, with €2m being paid to the GAA for every game played there, the unpublished figures reveal.

The FAI also announced a €7.5m sponsorship deal for the next four years with the mobile phone company 3 Mobile, which takes over from Eircom as the main sponsor.

The FAI also unveiled the new international jersey for the up-and-coming European Championships qualifiers with the Mobile 3 logo, despite previously announcing the Eircom branded jersey as their jersey for the championships, a move that has left some fans disgruntled.

It has been announced that 3 Mobile also plans to develop an affinity scheme with clubs across the country.

Under the scheme, all 450,000 participants in Irish soccer nationwide will have the opportunity to earn money for their respective club by switching to 3 Mobile, with clubs receiving additional funding for having more 3 Mobile customers.

Sunday Independent

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