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Keith Gillespie says FAI exec John Delaney must go

By Steven Beacom

Former Northern Ireland hero Keith Gillespie has stated that FAI Chief Executive John Delaney should resign in the wake of the controversy over Fifa's £3.6m payment to the Association.

The FAI accepted the cash, which was handed over by Fifa to stop legal action after France controversially beat the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup play-off in 2009 thanks to Thierry Henry's infamous handball, which led to the decisive goal.

As Taoiseach Enda Kenny called on Delaney to provide more detail about the pay off received from world football's governing body, Gillespie, who ended his career with League of Ireland outfit Longford Town, said he was disgusted by events.Gillespie (pictured) tweeted: "Delaney needs to come clean and produce the compromise agreement signed with Fifa. No reason why he shouldn't unless there is more to hide! Disgusted by all concerned with Fifa.

"What a betrayal of the footballing community especially the loyal Irish fans.

"I think that anyone that has been compromised by their dealings with Fifa has to resign.

"JD has been compromised so should go."

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