Wednesday 21 August 2019

John Delaney will have no official role in Under-17 European Championships in Ireland

Embattled John Delaney won't be at the Under-17 European Championships
Embattled John Delaney won't be at the Under-17 European Championships
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

John Delaney will play no official role in the European Under-17 Championships that get underway in Ireland on Friday.

Speculation has been rife over whether FAI Executive Vice President Delaney will take a prominent position for the competition that he played a role in bringing to Ireland during his tenure as the FAI's Chief Executive.

Yet with Delaney currently on gardening leave following a series of events that contributed to the decision for him to stand down from his FAI post while an investigation into the organisation's financial structure is carried out, understands he will not be among the dignitaries leading the organisation for the UEFA Under-17 Championships.

"Mr Delaney will not be involved with the competition in an official capacity," a UEFA source told "The situation has been monitored following recent events and it has been decided that the tournament will proceed with alternative FAI and UEFA officials."

Revelations over Delaney's €100,000 loan to the FAI in 2017 and subsequent reports from the Sunday Times about his €3k a month rent allowance, €40k FAI credit card expenditure in six months and a €60k payment to a former girlfriend from an FAI account, have cast a cloud over his future in the game in Ireland.

But his role as chairman of UEFA's youth committee fueled the belief that he would still play a part in the prestigious Under-17 Championships, with the host nation set to play their first match against Greece at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.

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