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Waterford FC will not compete in Europa League next season

The FAI have confirmed that Waterford have been denied entry to next season's Europa League.

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€2m drug programmenets one positive

Brendan O’Brien Almost €2m spent, well over 1,000 tests carried out on blood and urine samples across 28 sports and, at the end of it all, the one failed doping case in Irish sport in 2018 was that of a boxer who came up positive for a byproduct of cannabis.

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Treacy: FAI can follow Olympic path

John Treacy believes there is no reason why the FAI can not mirror the example set by the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) in cleaning house and transforming into a beacon of good sporting governance in the next two years.

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What was it all about, John?

Dear John, It’s over. Let’s face it, it’s been over for a while. Too much has been said. We don’t know everything, but we know enough. I know you’re still hanging around, but come on, you’ve been sleeping on the couch for three weeks. A beautifully upholstered executive vice-president couch, but still. No need to pack — we’ll send on the ties and that Uefa jacket you love.

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Sport Ireland insists FAI board have independent members

Sport Ireland has insisted any new FAI board must have independent members to ensure transparency as it begins its corporate governance review of the soccer body today.

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People shouldn't be in it for a 'bigger fancier blazer': Kerr makes passionate call for FAI revamp

Brian Kerr has called for people in the FAI to be there for the right reasons and not for "a bigger fancier blazer".

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‘This could end up being a great day’

The head of the players’ union in Ireland has heralded the news that the FAI board is planning to step down as an opportunity for real progress in the administration of the game here.

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Delaney still on payroll, could return despite FAI board agreeing to step down

Ex-FAI chief executive John Delaney is still on the soccer body’s payroll and could technically return to a senior role, despite the entire FAI board agreeing to step down by July.

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Use aid leverage to clear the air: FAI faces credibility crisis

Politicians understand the power of sport and how its reflected glory — never the alternative — can endear them to fans of one code or another.

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The system needs to be turned on its head

Former Cork City player Derek Coughlan argues that the rebirth of the League of Ireland has to be a priority for a reformed FAI.

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How can FAI ensure blockbusting drama will have no sequel?

No sports organisation has a monopoly on triumph or failure.

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Quinn: Board exit not enough for FAI

Ex-Ireland international Niall Quinn has insisted the complete removal of the FAI board is “not a silver bullet” and that more changes are needed before the soccer body is fully reformed.

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FAI not facing financial armageddon says Ross as Committee hears John Delaney still on FAI payroll

Latest: Shane Ross has denied the FAI is facing financial armageddon.

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FAI did not keep proper accounts, according to Deloitte

Auditors Deloitte have said the FAI has contravened two sections of the Companies Act 2014.

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Live: Shane Ross and Sport Ireland representatives at Oireachtas Sports Committee

They are to discuss issues relating to the governance at and funding to the FAI.

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Delaney ‘stepping aside’ not enough as TDs want ‘clean sweep’ of FAI board

The entire FAI board is facing cross-party demands to quit after politicians insisted that John Delaney’s decision to “step aside” while an FAI review takes place fails to go far enough.

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Delaney offers to step aside from FAI

As spring turns to summer, it’s timely for John Delaney to offer to take on a spell of gardening leave, as his future in Irish football is now up in the air.

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Will Delexit truly mean Delexit for the executive VP?

John Delaney Going, going, gone. But, hold on, not entirely gone. Not yet. Not officially and not definitively.

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The life and times of John Delaney

From Saipan to the sports committee, Joe Leogue looks at the former CEO’s career in the FAI

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Delaney offers to step down from role pending FAI investigation

John Delaney has offered to voluntarily step down from his role as Executive Vice-President with immediate effect pending the completion of an independent investigation by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) into issues of concern to the Board.

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Latest: Sport Ireland to tell Oireachtas full FAI audit necessary

Latest: Sport Ireland is set to tell the Oireachtas sports committee that a full audit of the FAI is necessary before funding will be restored.

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Coveney hits out at FAI attempts to 'stonewall' Oireachtas sports committee

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned the FAI it must ensure "transparency and full accountability" on how public money is spent before the Government can help get the soccer association "back on track".

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FAI to confirm top brass exits

The embattled Football Association of Ireland will today attempt to start mending fences with the Government by confirming a glut of exits, including John Delaney’s.

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Life after the Morning of the Long Pause

The infamous FAI hearing at the sport and transport committee of April 2019, since known as the Morning of the Long Pause, marked a turning point in the fortunes of many of the participants, though no-one realised that at the time.

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Shane Ross considering State's capital funding of FAI amid 'ongoing concerns over corporate governance'

Pressure is likely to mount on the FAI following further revelations about the organisation's finances.

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Kerry District League's John O'Regan: John Delaney told me he's stepping down from FAI

Latest: John Delaney has reportedly resigned from his position as FAI Executive Vice President.

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Varadkar seeks probe into FAI spending

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said an “investigation” is needed into how the Football Association of Ireland is spending taxpayers’ money amid ongoing concerns over the transparency of the soccer group.

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Time to review laws on accountability

One hundred years ago today British troops massacred 379 Indians at Jallianwala Bagh — also known as Amritsar.

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Taoiseach criticises Delaney's appearance at Oireachtas; Calls for State inquiry into FAI

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has called for a State inquiry into the FAI's financial situation following former CEO's John Delaney's refusal to answer questions about a €100,000 loan he gave the organisation.

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Cork City supporters group urges fans to boycott Joe Delaney Stand

A group of Cork City supporters has urged fellow fans to tonight boycott a stand named after the father of former FAI CEO John Delaney, in protest at the ongoing controversy surrounding the embattled association.

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Footballers' group says this week was 'new low' for Irish game; calls for FAI reform

The appearance of senior FAI officials before an Oireachtas committee this week has been described as a "new low" for Irish football.

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FAI need not look far for a template of change

What a difference a day made this week.

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How was Delaney able to behave in this manner?

There was a moment last week when the Brexit process reached a new magnificence.

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Oireachtas Committee appearance a victory, but questions that remain will prove own goal if not answered

The FAI may feel that Wednesday's Oireachtas Committee appearance was a victory, but the questions that remain will prove to be an own goal in time if they are not answered. Here are the issues that remain, despite the lengthy exchanges in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House, writes Joe Leogue.

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Three Ireland issues warning over FAI's corporate governance amid finance controversy

The FAI’s largest sponsor has issued a warning over the association’s corporate governance amid controversy over its finances.

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'As low a point as I can remember': Quinn and Kerr embarrassed by FAI responses

Former Republic of Ireland international Niall Quinn has said he was embarrassed by the FAI's response to politicians' questions at an Oireachtas committee meeting yesterday.

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FAI vows to do whatever it takes to get State funding back

The Football Association of Ireland has said it will make whatever changes to its board demanded in order to have its State funding reinstated.

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No blows landed as Delaney keeps schtum

They came to disrobe the emperor. They wanted to see the whites of his eyes, how he would manage under their steely gaze.

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After early skirmishes, FAI delegation come under second-half pressure

At an early stage in a long day’s journey into evening, FAI president Donal Conway had been listing some of the positive things being done under the association’s leadership, among which he included the promotion of ‘glow football’ which, played under ultra violet light, he told the Oireachtas Committee, allows for the game to be played “in the dark”.

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FAI giving the ‘two fingers’

They came, they sat, they parked the bus.

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Board was not told about loan for almost two years

The board of the Football Association of Ireland was not told for almost two years of the €100,000 interest-free loan from its former CEO John Delaney, it has been confirmed.

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Stephen Kenny on attitude issues in Irish football: 'We don’t think we’re good enough - that’s unacceptable'

Stephen Kenny wants Irish football to stop imposing limits on its own ambition.

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'You will be most welcome to Kerry': Healy Rae jumps to Delaney's defence

Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae has heaped praise on John Delaney, saying the only thing the former FAI CEO is guilty of is "trying to help an association in the best way you saw fit at that time".

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FAI President confirms decision on John Delaney's new role was made after media queries on €100k loan

A delegation from the FAI, including former chief executive John Delaney, is appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport today.

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FAI 'should be very, very embarrassed' over Sport Ireland withholding funding

"I think they should be very, very embarrassed tonight that they've been sanctioned by Sport Ireland in this way."

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FAI put under pressure as funds withheld

Sport Ireland withdraws €1.35m commitment

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Sport Ireland to 'suspend and withhold future funding' to FAI

Sport Ireland has announced it will "suspend and withhold future funding to the Football Association of Ireland".

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Sport Committee meeting corporate governance expert for guidance ahead of Delaney questioning

The Oireachtas Sport Committee is meeting a corporate governance expert for guidance this afternoon, ahead of questioning former FAI CEO John Delaney.

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FAI turmoil a ‘worrying’ distraction, says Kevin Doyle

Former Ireland international Kevin Doyle has said that it’s “worrying” that the FAI controversy is distracting attention from positive developments on the field for Irish football.

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Kevin Doyle: My old pal Shane Long as good as any Irish striker ever

Kevin Doyle believes Shane Long can still be the main man up front for Ireland in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

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FAI admits breaking State funding rules in relation to €100K Delaney loan

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has admitted to breaking the rules for getting State funding by not notifying Sport Ireland of the €100,000 loan from its former CEO John Delaney.

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FAI say recent comments 'did not accurately reflect' board’s awareness of bridging loan

The FAI has confirmed that former CEO John Delaney will appear before an Oireachtas Committee on Wednesday.

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Sport Ireland seeks explanation over €100k loan by former CEO John Delaney

The Football Association of Ireland’s State funding could be cut unless the soccer body fully explains the €100,000 loan from ex-chief executive John Delaney and other financial matters.

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Treacy declines to say ‘yes’ to having confidence in FAI board

It was hardly a surprise that there were more questions than answers when John Treacy faced the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport yesterday, given that the Sport Ireland chief executive had to admit that the body was still in the dark about the reasons for a controversial €100,000 loan from the FAI’s former chief executive John Delaney to the FAI in 2017.

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Sport Ireland could halt FAI funding over loan controversy

Latest: Sport Ireland has confirmed they could cease or suspend funding to the FAI amid concerns over a controversial loan.

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John Delaney says new FAI position created in response to 'impossible' workload

Former FAI CEO John Delaney has said that his new position in the governing body was created due to the impossible workload.

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FAI yet to ‘sufficiently’ explain €100k Delaney loan

The FAI has yet to “sufficiently” explain why it was given a €100,000 loan by John Delaney, Ireland’s independent sporting watchdog will warn today.

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Limerick FC chairman hails 'contribution of Mr Delaney to the game'

Limerick FC chairman Pat O'Sullivan has come out in support of former FAI CEO John Delaney.

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