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Saturday 3 December 2016

John Delaney: Sepp stared at my partner and I told him to 'move on'

John Delaney with his partner Emma English at his birthday celebrations at House on Leeson Street. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 16/10/2014
John Delaney with his partner Emma English at his birthday celebrations at House on Leeson Street. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 16/10/2014

THEY may have had their very public disagreements, but John Delaney and Sepp Blatter apparently agree on one thing.

The FAI chief has revealed that when the under- fire FIFA president (79) met his partner he gave her the thumbs-up.

“He met Emma (English), my partner, in Vienna recently,” he said. “He stared at her for seven or eight seconds and he said: ‘I approve of your new girlfriend’,” Delaney said. “I asked him to move on, move on please.

“She is a great girl, I love her very much, it was an extraordinary moment. If she was here she would tell you herself. He stared at her and I said: ‘Move on’ – and he did.”

Delaney has been very open about his relationship with Ms English – a model who works in PR.

“We are very much in love. There is no question about that,” he said in a heartfelt interview last year.

English has previously called Delaney “exceptionally romantic” and said he was “like a big teddy bear”.

Speaking to RTE’s Ray D’Arcy yesterday, Delaney also recalled a previous row he had with Blatter, who this week announced he was stepping down as FIFA boss.

“In 2009 I called him an embarrassment to FIFA and to himself,” he said.

“He called me over about that, across the table like I am talking to you, with one or two expletives.

“That was in a room. He said, ‘No one speaks to me like that’, and I said, “Well I do’, and that was that.”

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