The hit Irish FA was last night bracing itself for an investigation by football’s world governing body into possible political interference at Windsor Avenue.
In a week when IFA President Raymond Kennedy announced he was standing down at the next Council meeting in September, FIFA are studying comments made by Sports Minister Nelson McCausland after he was highly critical of IFA chiefs in the wake of the damning report published by Sport Northern Ireland into the sacking of former Chief Executive Howard Wells and when also considering offering £30million for the re-development of Windsor Park.
“I will be looking for change — not in months or years but I will be looking to see evidence of that over the coming weeks,” said McCausland.
Under FIFA statutes government interference is strictly prohibited and there are severe penalties — including suspension — for those countries that break the rules.
FIFA, with their priority on tonight’s World Cup final in Johannesburg, are expected to look into this case in greater detail once their top officials return from South Africa.
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