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UEFA and FIFA to give FAI 'huge backing' to help them through crisis

John Delaney (Brian Lawless/PA)
John Delaney (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Daniel McDonnell

Delegates at today's FAI Council meeting were told that UEFA and FIFA are prepared to give them 'huge backing' to get them through their ongoing crisis.

The first full gathering of the Council since the turmoil brought about by ex-CEO John Delaney's €100,000 loan to the Association coincided with a press release from SIPTU stating there were concerns that jobs would have to go due to cashflow problems.

At the start of the meeting, it was confirmed that Paul Cooke - the only candidate for the Honorary Treasurer post vacated by Eddie Murray - has been co-opted onto a sub-committee of the FAI Board dealing with ongoing reviews and enquiries into affairs at the troubled Association.

And council delegates were told that UEFA and FIFA are prepared to support them through a difficult spell. FIFA are due to meet FAI staff this afternoon.

Leinster Senior League official Dave Moran - who proposed Cooke for an immediate promotion into the troubleshooting process due to his background as a chartered accountant - described the session as a 'very positive meeting.'

He added that the atmosphere was very different to old Council meetings that he had experienced with the promise of backing from UEFA and FIFA reassuring the room.

"They are going to get huge backing from FIFA and UEFA," said Moran. "It was a very positive and open meeting with a lot of questions.

"A lot of the questions were about what's gone on. We also had the lads in from the Governance Review Group. Aidan (Horan - the committee chair) said that everything going forward will be more up front and more transparent. The governance will be much better."

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