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26th Nov 2014

FAI President Tony Fitzgerald gives his backing to John Delaney

FAI stand by decision to extend Delaney's contract to 2020

Darragh Murphy

FAI president Tony Fitzgerald offered a statement this evening on the board’s support for Chief Executive John Delaney.

Delaney had come under criticism after footage emerged at the weekend of him singing a republican ballad in a Dublin pub but Fitzgerald revealed that the FAI have no regrets in offering Delaney a contract extension.

Fitzgerald said: “Following recent coverage of the cyber bullying of his partner Emma and the fact that John has publicly apologised if he offended anyone for singing the nationalist song in question, we are happy to bring the matter to a close.

“The Board is more than pleased with the way John Delaney is running the Association. He has done an enormous amount for Irish football. In the past year alone the winning of EURO 2020 bid for Dublin adds to a number of very important developments he has helped oversee during his tenure. We recently awarded him a contract extension to 2020 and he is fully deserving of that.”

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