Tuesday 24 April 2018

John Delaney ‘urging TDs not to call him in front of committee ahead of European qualifier’

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney

Niall O'Connor and Daniel McConnell

FAI Chief John Delaney has urged TDs not to request he appear in front of an Oireachtas Committee over the controversial €5m payment from FIFA because it would cause a “distraction” ahead of Ireland’s crunch European qualifier with Scotland.

Mr Delaney has personally phoned members of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, saying he has nothing further to add to the controversy.

But a group of Fine Gael TDs and senators today met in private and agreed to forge on and haul Mr Delaney in front of the committee.

Several committee sources confirmed that Mr Delaney contacted them either today or yesterday and asked that that decide against his appearance taking place.

But the move by Mr Delaney has raised concern among committee members who are now more keen on his appearance than before.

The FAI chief told members that he was concerned his appearance could cause a “distraction” ahead of Ireland’s clash with Scotland in Dublin.

One member said:

“He insists he has nothing further to say and wants this controversy to go away but it’s not that simple.”

Mr Delaney did not respond to calls this evening.

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