December 2, 2020
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Former FAI chief John Delaney resigns from UEFA role ‘with immediate effect’

Former Irish soccer supremo John Delaney has resigned from UEFA’s Executive Committee “with immediate effect”.

European football’s governing body made the announcement this evening.

Mr Delaney left the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) last September following a series of revelations concerning his tenure.

He initially stepped down as FAI CEO in March 2019 when details of a €100,000 bridging loan he made available to the FAI came to light. He was then appointed Executive Vice-President of the association before finally stepping away last autumn.

The latest development comes in the wake of crisis talks held last week between the Government and various parties affected by the FAI’s current plight including UEFA, SIPTU representing FAI staff, and Bank of Ireland.

A statement released by the governing body said: “UEFA takes note of John Delaney’s resignation with immediate effect from his position as UEFA Executive Committee member which was due to end in 2021.

“During his time on the Executive Committee, John Delaney played a leading role in helping UEFA to achieve many things. He was instrumental in the expansion of the Euros to 24 teams, which proved such a success in 2016.

“He was an important figure in the move to centralise the TV rights across national team competitions – something which has benefited all UEFA member associations and which was rolled out into the new UEFA Nations League tournament.

“UEFA wishes him well in the future,” the statement ended.

SIPTU’s FAI organiser Denis Hynes (pictured below), a local councillor who is also the Labour Party’s General Election candidate for Carlow-Kilkenny, today said he is not at all surprised at the news.

Mr Hynes told KilkennyNow.ie: “Given all the circumstances surrounding the FAI it is not a surprise that John stepped down from this role. The fact he lost his position on the board of the FAI he would be expected to step down anyway.

“It is now all about looking forward and making sure that we have an association going forward. I am more confident of that being the case after last week’s talks with Minister Shane Ross and with UEFA being in town.

“One of the most important aspects of this it that John Delaney’s seat on UEFA’s Executive Committee was worth €100,000 a year to the association. It is important now that we get another person from Ireland to take that role,” he added.

 

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