Sunday 18 August 2019

John Delaney will not attend scheduled UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Baku

Former FAI CEO, John Delaney. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Former FAI CEO, John Delaney. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
John Delaney pictured leaving the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport following a meeting with the FAI. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

John Delaney will not be attending the next scheduled meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Baku on Wednesday.

A UEFA spokesperson today responded to queries from independent.ie about whether the ex-FAI CEO would be present with a brief one line response.

"Mr Delaney will not be attending the Exco meeting in Baku," said the UEFA statement - with no further reason offered for his absence.

Delaney's future at UEFA has been a subject of debate since his circumstances with the FAI changed in the aftermath of the emergence of his €100,000 bridging loan to his employer in 2017.

The new FAI Executive Vice President is currently sidelined pending the review of several investigations into affairs at Abbotstown.

He retains a role on the UEFA's powerful Executive Committee - he was voted onto that body in 2017.

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Delaney earns €160,000 per year for that role. As part of his brief, he is the chair of their Youth and Amateur Football Committee.

On April 4, he was present at the draw for the European U17 Championships at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the competition's staging in Ireland.

But Delaney was absent from the tournament itself, with UEFA tight lipped on the reasons for that.

The Waterford man's term with UEFA continues until 2021. He would only be able to seek re-election if he held an officer post with the FAI at that point.

UEFA are well briefed on the situation in Ireland as they are providing both financial support and personnel to help the FAI through this crisis.

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