FAI CHIEF Executive John Delaney, whose most recent pay package was over €350,000 a year, has described as "outrageous" the wages being paid to players like Wayne Rooney in the English Premier League.
Speaking at a business event in Dublin, Delaney claimed that football in England was "suffering" due to the wage demands of players such as Rooney.
"I think it's crazy. He is paid nearly £16 million a year.
"His manager is probably earning about a quarter of that, and he could lose his job if Rooney doesn't perform," Delaney said.
"The problem with the game in England is that all the money is going to players and agents.
"Then, if they're not happy with the money they're getting, the agents leak something to the newspapers.
"It has meant that no youth is coming through. I think £300,000 per week is outrageous.
"How many times have we seen players kissing their badges, then looking for more money? The game has sold its soul," he said.
Delaney also claimed credit for UEFA's decision to have TV rights pooled across the member nations, leading to a financial boost for the smaller associations – like the FAI.
"I convinced UEFA that they should do all the television rights centrally. Your income was dependent upon the draw you had for qualifiers, and that's no way to run a business.
"If you drew Germany, you could get €5 million. But if you drew Croatia, you could get €50,000," he added.