The confirmation that an FAI Senior Council member has written to both UEFA and FIFA has shifted the focus back towards the attempts to reform Irish football's governing body and the varying views that exist on how well that reform process is going. What is going on here?
Nixon Morton, an FAI Senior Council member on account of his role on the Executive of the FAI Schools, has written to FIFA and UEFA to highlight concerns about decisions made by the interim board of the FAI.
In an email to all other members of the FAI Council, Morton cited a responsibility under the FAI rules to be "responsible for monitoring the activities of the FAI and for monitoring the Board's Governance of the Association".
Who is he writing on behalf of?
This is a pertinent question. Throughout his correspondence to UEFA and FIFA, Morton uses terms that indicates he is representing a group comprised of both Council colleagues and the wider football community.
Indeed, his opening line is that "we write to you as members of the Football Association of Ireland" and he later says he is speaking for "ordinary football people".
Independent.ie contacted Morton to ask how many people he was speaking for but no response was forthcoming.
In March, 'The Sunday Times' said an anonymous complaint had been sent to FIFA with former FAI board members said to be unhappy with governance changes.
What's the thrust of his point?
Basically, the argument is that there are people within Irish football concerned that changes to the governance structure of the FAI have gone further than what was laid out in the reforms agreed at delegate meetings last year as the John Delaney regime crumbled.
The issue is that the rescue deal agreed in January by the FAI's new independent chair with Roy Barrett in tandem with government, UEFA and the banks resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding that moved some goalposts.
Can you be more specific?
The FAI's governance review process resulted in changes such as four new independent directors being added to the board and a stipulation that Council members who have been on that decision-making body for ten years should step away after a further three years.
In January, off the back of requests that were pushed strongly by Minister Shane Ross, it was proposed that the number of independent directors be raised to six (out of 12) and that the Council veterans should leave this summer - not in three years. This means the end for close to 30 sitting members, and that's hard for the older guard to stomach.
Morton also outlines concerns with the movement to appoint a permanent CEO and raises questions about the appointment of interim CEO Gary Owens and deputy CEO Niall Quinn given their past relationship with the FAI's independent chair Roy Barrett - the person who drove the rescue deal and entered into the Memorandum on the FAI's behalf.
Barrett, Owens and Quinn were part of the latter's Visionary Group that signalled an interest in having a role in the FAI last year but they didn't get anywhere at that juncture.
What is the FAI response to this letter?
There was no comment from the FAI aside from the confirmation that the board was aware of it.
They had an idea this was coming given recent media reports, and it's understood the FAI would argue that the debt situation in January was considerably worse than the picture last summer when the governance reforms were voted through.
In other words, they had to be willing to negotiate on Government demands when it was a matter of urgency.
The alternative to saying yes to the deal was a doomsday scenario and senior figures would hold the view that the unhappy faction don't seem to acknowledge that.
However, there is recognition that the demand for Council members to leave this summer will be hard to take. New FAI president Gerry McAnaney would have to step down under these terms. What happens next?
There is more to come under this heading across the next month. Naturally enough, Covid-19 has prevented meetings from taking place in the usual format.
The FAI have yet to hold the EGM to vote through the contentious amendments so expect more back and forth.
Morton's missive was sent to Sarah Solemale, FIFA's Governance Services Manager and Yann Hafner, UEFA's Statutory Regulatory Expert, but the FAI are not expecting strife from above.