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Raymond Kennedy: I shall not be moved from IFA

Irish FA president Raymond Kennedy intends to remain in the post despite saying he would resign in September.

Kennedy and vice-president David Martin were criticised in an independent report into the sacking of former chief executive Howard Wells.

An unfair dismissal case cost the IFA over £500,000.

Sports Minister Nelson McCausland has warned that local football could lose millions in funding if Kennedy and Martin stay in their jobs.

The IFA stated last month that Martin had resigned while Kennedy would step down at the next council meeting of the IFA.

But the pair attended an IFA executive board meeting on Thursday which Martin chaired.

During the meeting they were asked what their intentions were. It is understood that while Martin remained silent Kennedy said that they were “going nowhere”.

The apparent U-turn puts the association at loggerheads with Stormont.

Mr McCausland warned in the wake of the Wells case: “I would have great difficulty in placing further public funds in the hands of an organisation where these individuals remained in a senior position.”

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