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Niall Quinn misses UEFA meeting due to passport mishap while Shane Ross confirms key reform conditions


Niall Quinn, interim deputy CEO of the FAI (Brian Lawless/PA)

Niall Quinn, interim deputy CEO of the FAI (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Niall Quinn, interim deputy CEO of the FAI (Brian Lawless/PA)

NIALL QUINN didn't make it to UEFA headquarters after the new FAI deputy chief executive wasn't allowed board his flight to Geneva yesterday morning.

The former Ireland striker wasn't able to accompany chief executive Gary Owens to Switzerland when it was discovered he had mistakenly brought his old passport to Dublin Airport.

Meanwhile, a number of FAI powerbrokers, including the new President Gerry McAnaney and fellow board member Dick Shakespeare, are set to fall foul of Minister Shane Ross' reform conditions.

His Department of Sport have confirmed that any council member with more than 10 years' service must be gone by July when the association host their annual general meeting in Galway.

All eight of the football directors on the board from the football constituencies were sourced through council, most recently McAnaney.

With almost 20 years of service accumulated, as it stands, he will be ineligible to seek re-election. Shakespeare, a veteran legislator from UCD representing the League of Ireland cohort, is another facing the axe.

The council, which is ultimately tasked with holding the board to account, has long been in the sights of Ross and he's finally leveraged a deal worth €25m to the FAI in his desire to engineer an overhaul.

A statement from Ross' department in response to a query read: "The board of the FAI has given a commitment to implement this condition as part of the new funding agreement, including any required changes to the rulebook, to ensure that by July 2020 the FAI council will not include any member with greater than 10 years' service."

The rule, which was due to have an impact in 2022, also debars former chief executive John Delaney's allies Dennis Cruise and John O'Regan from staying on council. Ex-board members Mick Hanley, Jim McConnell and Paraic Treanor, along with former chair of the audit committee, Frances Smith, seem poised to be part of the cull.

Implementing the new rules sits top of the agenda at Tuesday's meeting of the 11-person FAI board.

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