Wednesday 11 December 2019

FAI come out in support of John Delaney

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have released a statement this evening in support of John Delaney following recent media coverage.

"Following recent coverage of the cyber bullying of his partner Emma and the fact that John has publicly apologised if he offended anyone for singing the nationalist song in question, we are happy to bring the matter to a close," read the statement from FAI President Tony Fitzgerald.

Read more: John Delaney threatened legal action if he was identified in YouTube video

Speaking on behalf of the FAI Board, Fitzgerald that they are "more than pleased with the way John Delaney is running the Association".

"He has done an enormous amount for Irish football. In the past year alone the winning of EURO 2020 bid for Dublin adds to a number of very important developments he has helped oversee during his tenure."

"We recently awarded him a contract extension to 2020 and he is fully deserving of that.”

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with his partner Emma English.
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with his partner Emma English.
John Delaney with his partner Emma English

Read more: Emma English ‘devastated’ at being cyber bullied by 'so-called' Irish soccer fans

The FAI boss apologised this week for any offence caused by singing a controversial republican ballad in a Dublin bar after Ireland’s win over the USA last week.

The song was written by the Wolfe Tones to honour the memory of Joe McDonnell, a member of the Provisional IRA who dies on hunger strike in 1981 after going 61 days without food.

The controversial football figure has been criticised by world football's governing body FIFA after he initially appeared to deny that he was the individual filmed.

However, he repeated his apology in a statement posted on the FAI's website yesterday evening.

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