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Premier League is the loser in non-event

Fire-proof Irish FA President Raymond Kennedy last night revealed that remedial work had begun at Windsor Park ahead of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Kennedy received no backlash over the controversial sacking of former chief executive Howard Wells at the IFA’s Annual General Meeting at the White Horse Hotel in Londonderry, after the accounts confirmed it had cost the Irish FA £516,000 to get rid of him.

The current President has survived many threats of votes of no- confidence and was unopposed again this year. Many members were left baffled by what turned out to be a total non-event as the longest day of the year lived up to its billing.

When business was eventually taken care of, the Premier League took a hit when their automatic representation on the Executive Board was cut from three to two.

In a proposal tabled by Annalong FC, Articles 14 and 15 were amended to change the make-up of the Board, much to the anger of the Premier League.

While the proposal gained 29 votes from the floor and 32 against, proxy votes cast before any debate overwhelmingly saw it carried.

Hugh Wade, the new chairman of the Premier League, refused to get drawn into what plans are afoot but insisted all possibilities including calling an Extraordinary General Meeting will be discussed at their next scheduled meeting.

“There is a little bit of tension about the situation at the moment so I will hold fire until our next Premier League meeting on July 5,” said chairman, Wade.

“We knew from the grapevine we were going to lose this vote, but we’ll explore all our options in the coming weeks.”

In keeping with IFA meetings, there was always going to be more questions asked than answered and the topic of proxy votes — which had been cast days in advance of the AGM — was hotly debated.

The IFA Executive Board withdrew their Alterations to the Articles of Association on the night, presumably because they had the proxy vote tallies in their possession.

As a result, Kilroot withdrew their proposal to amend Article Six as a matter of principle.

“This system is absolute madness. Democracy has gone out the window in this Association,” said Terry Pateman.

Belfast Telegraph