Thursday 27 October 2016

Scottish FA boss has a dig at FAI over €5m FIFA deal

Stewart Regan
Stewart Regan

THE Scottish FA, still at odds with the FAI over their ticket-related spat before the Euro 2016 qualifier in Glasgow last year, have managed to get in a dig at their Irish counterparts ahead of Saturday's clash in Dublin.

Relations between the SFA and the FAI have been very tense since John Delaney made public his criticisms of the Scots in relation to tickets, Delaney stating: "In my 10 years as chief executive, no association has treated us as badly as the Scottish have done on this particular occasion."

SFA boss Stewart Regan has now had his say on the issue of FIFA's €5m secret deal with the FAI. "The issue is one for the FAI. It's not one I want to comment on. I think they will be reflecting long and hard on the events of the last week," said Regan, who then went on to comment.

"If every team ever had a concern over a decision and tried to make a claim on the back of it, there would be a queue down the steps from Hampden down to Aitkenhead Road.

"We are going to abide by the rules, the laws of the game and the statutes of FIFA and UEFA and if we qualify we'll do it because we've won a match and qualified from our group."

Regan also answered back at Delaney's comments about possible crowd trouble in Glasgow. "In November when we played Ireland the words 'tension' and 'safety' were used. That was a bit disappointing and as we fully expected there were no issues. We've got around 3,500 tickets for the game in Dublin. I'm sure there will be a lot more fans in the stadium than that, they'll get on perfectly well with their Irish colleagues."


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