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Monday 5 December 2016

fai not drawn on reported €5m fifa payment

Delaney says arrangement 'confidential for the moment'

JOHN Delaney has refused to divulge details of a reported €5m payment from FIFA to the FAI in the wake of the Thierry Henry handball incident in 2009.

"There was a legal case we had against FIFA at the time. There was an arrangement that was come to but it certainly wasn't bestowing patronage to us," he said.

"That is confidential for the moment but what I will say is that at no stage have we ever voted in favour of Blatter. We have been consistent in that all through and I have as well. That is the bottom end of it. Today, like I said earlier, we will be voting against Blatter because he is not the man to lead FIFA going forward."

Asked about the FAI's credibility, Delaney said: "We've got a very open approach to the game. The members are very happy with how we run the game of football."

"We have an AGM every year, our accounts are given to the public, our members. I don't know what more we can do in terms of being open and transparent. Our members are very happy with the way the association is being ran.

"I'm contracted until 2020. We are bringing the Euros to Dublin in 2020. We are one of the 13 countries to host it. I'm looking forward to that. Then I'll reassess my own career. I've made that clear recently. Any decision I make I'll make on a joint-basis.

"There is two things you decide in your life. One is do the members want you to stay and two is do you still have the same energy to continue. That is something for 2020. It is not for the events of today to be fair."

Delaney once again called on Sepp Blatter to resign: "When you see the sponsors the football fans and the divisiveness that Blatter has caused, they need to see the light here"

"There is a message from UEFA, from European football, that has to get into these nations that their funding will continue irrespective of whoever runs FIFA."

"But secondly, if FIFA's credibility is to get any chance of it to be returned to what it was 20 years ago, Blatter has to go.

"When you see the sponsors the football fans and the divisiveness that Blatter has caused, they need to see the light here," he added.

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