Wednesday 13 November 2019

10 questions that should have been asked at today's FAI AGM

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney
John Delaney

Aidan Fitzmaurice

At the end of a brief statement this week was the by now annual note to the Irish media - no questions will be asked after the FAI AGM in Kilkenny today.

"On Saturday, July 22, the FAI Annual General Meeting will take place in Hotel Kilkenny from 11:45," read the FAI press release.

"Please note that there will be no media briefing prior to or after the FAI AGM and members of the media will have to depart straight away due to an EGM taking place directly afterwards."

Here are 10 questions we would have liked to ask if given the opportunity.

1 Do the FAI support their handling of the investigation into betting patterns surrounding Athlone Town matches?

2 How will the FAI deal with the threat of legal action from schoolboy clubs unhappy with the admission of St Kevin’s Boys to the new U15 national league, and why were other clubs effectively forced into partnerships with LOI teams while St Kevin’s were allowed to go it alone?

3 What will be the repercussions for St Kevin’s Boys if “talks about talks” with Bohemians do not lead to a formal partnership?

4 Was it right for the FAI to award significant bonuses from Euro 2016 profits to management and staff, at a time when FAI admin staff are still looking to have their pay restored to pre-cuts level?

5 Why has the prize money in the League of Ireland remained static and when will it be raised?

6 What is the budget available to the recently-appointed marketing director for the LOI?

7 The English FA announced it would no longer have a betting partner: given the focus on gambling in Irish football since the Athlone saga broke, previous confessions by LOI players that they had an addiction to gambling, and as LOI players are banned from gambling on any football worldwide, is it right for the FAI to have betting partners?

8 Is it not a major concern to the FAI, in terms of player development, that of the 19-man squad named for the most recent U21 Euro qualifier, only five players came through the club underage structures in the Republic?

9 Is it morally right for the FAI to be welcoming and hosting foreign clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool in Dublin, and promoting those games with far more intensity that the promotion of the domestic league?

10 Does the FAI expect the public to have faith in the club licensing process for the LOI when one club, Bray Wanderers, tell their players midway through the season that there is only enough cash left to fund wages for one more week?

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