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Wednesday 16 October 2019

FAI ready to deal with FIFA team

John Delaney. Pic: Sportsfile
John Delaney. Pic: Sportsfile

The FAI have confirmed that FIFA will visit Dublin this week as part of the ongoing probes into the affairs of the embattled association.

Wednesday is already a busy day for the FAI as a Senior Council meeting has been called for that day, the first opportunity that the 61 delegates from leagues and clubs will have to grill the FAI board since the exit of John Delaney as CEO and the other issues which have seen the FAI criticised by Oireachtas members and the Minister for Sport.

An FAI delegation met with UEFA president Alexander Ceferin in Switzerland last week, and this week a two-strong FIFA team will come to FAI HQ to discuss events over the last two months.

"We welcome this visit from our colleagues in FIFA as we continue our programme for governance change at the FAI," FAI president Donal Conway said. "We visited UEFA at their Nyon headquarters last week when they told us they remain fully committed to and supportive of our review processes.

"UEFA and the FAI are exploring all areas in which UEFA can assist the FAI and will continue to work in partnership for the betterment of Irish football. FIFA are also key stakeholders in Irish football.

"We look forward to a productive meeting with the FIFA delegation and to the ongoing co-operation and support from both FIFA and UEFA as we transform our governance procedures and our Association."

Delegates to the FAI Senior Council will use Wednesday's meeting of the 61-strong body to get updates from the board on the four investigations which are under way into FAI financial and governance affairs. p A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the medical bills for Limerick FC player Sean Russell, who says he has been left with a personal bill of €4,500 for an operation which his club did not pay for.

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