The endgame: Timeline of John Delaney's fall as FAI boss
March 17, 2019The FAI confirm a 'Sunday Times' report that John Delaney had given the organisation a €100,000 bridging loan in April 2017 with statements saying he acted in the best interests of the association "at a time when immediate funding was needed" and indicating that the FAI board were briefed on developments.
Sport Ireland say they have written to the president of the FAI Donal Conway seeking "urgent clarification" from the board of the FAI on the media reports.
After a day of speculation, the FAI wait until minutes after the conclusion of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Gibraltar to announce that Delaney has moved to a newly-created position of executive vice-president.
There is a tennis ball protest by unhappy supporters that disrupts the game with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium amid calls for Delaney to go. Further details have emerged about Delaney's working terms and conditions which have added to the scrutiny on the FAI.
Sport Ireland appear in the Dáil to state that the FAI had not sufficiently explained the circumstances around the €100,000 loan. Their chief executive John Treacy refuses to give a vote of confidence to the board of the FAI.
Delaney is the leading official present at the draw for the European U-17 finals at the Aviva Stadium, giving the keynote speech on behalf of UEFA while referencing his pride at the competition coming to these shores.
Sport Ireland announce that funding to the FAI has been suspended.
The FAI appear at Government Buildings, with Delaney refusing to take questions on financial matters due to his own legal advice. He gives an opening statement but, to the surprise of many of the politicians in attendance, he says he is unable to expand on it. FAI president Donal Conway says that he was not aware of the €100k bridging loan in 2017.
After a weekend of discussions, Delaney says that he will 'voluntarily step aside' from the post of executive vice-president pending the outcome of a series of reviews into FAI affairs - a list that grows in subsequent months. Honorary treasurer Eddie Murray and honorary secretary Michael Cody resign.
Auditors Deloitte state that the FAI did not keep "proper accounting records", thus adding another layer to the FAI probe. Minister Shane Ross says that the FAI board have told him they will step down at the AGM in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co Meath.
UEFA confirm that Executive Committee member and Youth Committee chair Delaney will not be attending the European U-17 finals on his own doorstep.
FAI president Donal Conway is retained for another year by delegates at the AGM after they pass governance review group reform proposals that change board structures. The FAI refuse to take any questions on Delaney due to legal reasons.
UEFA confirm that Delaney will not be invited to UEFA committee meetings or executive committee meetings while the investigations in Ireland are ongoing.
UEFA are providing financial support to Ireland so the FAI can meet their obligations.
The FAI announce that Delaney has resigned his post in a short statement stating that he has resigned "with immediate effect".
In the missive, the FAI adds that they will "fulfil certain notice and pension obligations as agreed between the parties".