Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ex-FAI chief Delaney won't play a part in U17 euro event

John Delaney. Photo: PA
John Delaney. Photo: PA
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

John Delaney will play no official role in the European U17 Championships that kick off here tomorrow.

Speculation has been rife over whether the FAI executive vice-president would take a prominent position in the competition. He played a big part in securing it for Ireland during his tenure as the FAI's chief executive and as chairman of the UEFA Youth Committee.

But it is understood he will not be among the dignitaries leading the organisation for the championships.

Delaney is on gardening leave after a series of controversies that contributed to him standing down from his FAI post while an investigation into the organisation's financial structure is carried out.

"Mr Delaney will not be involved with the competition in an official capacity," a UEFA source told the Irish Independent.

"The situation has been monitored following recent events and it has been decided that the tournament will proceed with alternative FAI and UEFA officials."

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