Thursday 17 October 2019

John Earley resigns from FAI Board 'in light of recent events'

John Earley, SFAI Chairman, speaking at the launch of the 2019 SFAI New Balance Kennedy Cup in Castletroy Hotel, Limerick last month. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
John Earley, SFAI Chairman, speaking at the launch of the 2019 SFAI New Balance Kennedy Cup in Castletroy Hotel, Limerick last month. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

John Earley has announced his resignation from the Football Association of Ireland board, citing "a combination of recent events" for his departure.

Earley has also resigned with immediate effect as chairman of the FAI underage committee.

The association confirmed, however, that Earley would be continuing his role as chairman of the Schoolboys FAI.

Earley released a statement though the SFAI's website in which he was critical of the current governance review of the FAI and what he describes as "a failure to address my concerns at board level."

The statement read: "In light of recent events, and after much discussion with my family and others, I regretfully confirm my resignation from the board of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and as Chair of the FAI Underage Committee, with immediate effect.

"My time on the board, which came via my election as Chair of the FAI Underage Committee, has given me the opportunity to work alongside some excellent people within and outside of football in Ireland and elsewhere.

"To my board colleagues and members of the FAI Underage Committee, both past and present, and to the staff in Abbotstown, I wish to extend my thanks.

"In my role as Chairman of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI), I have always tried to ensure the underage game in this country is recognised as one of the integral parts of the game.

"With up to 120,000 young players under the umbrella of the SFAI, my role as Chairman is, and has always been, to try and provide them with the best environment to play the game we all love.

"However, a combination of recent events during the ongoing governance review, and the failure to address my concerns at board level, has left me with no other option but to resign.

"I wish all those working to better the game of football in this country the very best of luck, and I look forward to continue working with many of you in my role as Chairman of the SFAI."

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