John Delaney ordered to stop using FAI credit card and phone after ‘stepping aside’

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John Delaney ordered to stop using FAI credit card and phone after ‘stepping aside’

Ex-CEO travels to Germany with Leinster FA as break from crisis


Embattled: John Delaney following a meeting with the FAI. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Embattled: John Delaney following a meeting with the FAI. Photo: Steve Humphreys

John Delaney has been told by the FAI to stop using his phone and credit card after he stepped aside from the association.

Mr Delaney is still being paid his €120,000-per-year salary as executive vice-president and has use of a company car.

But following the fallout from his gardening leave departure on Monday, the embattled former CEO has been ordered to stop using his phone and his credit card.

Mr Delaney travelled to Germany this week to join a delegation from the Leinster Football Association (LFA) on a representative trip with a youth team.

The 51-year-old is there in a personal capacity after being invited by the LFA, with the FAI asserting its ex-CEO is not on duty for it.

Leinster FA had extended the invite to Mr Delaney before the recent crisis that led to the FAI’s new executive v ice-president ‘voluntarily stepping aside’ from his position.

A statement from the FAI has confirmed that Mr Delaney is not active on behalf of the association this week.

“The board of the Football Association of Ireland can confirm that John Delaney is not on FAI business in Germany or anywhere else,” the Abbotstown spokesperson said.

It’s understood that Mr Delaney took up the offer to go to Germany to get a break from the crisis at home which kicked off a month ago when it emerged he’d given his employers a €100,000 loan in 2017.

Mr Delaney was in Dublin on Monday for talks with the FAI board about his future.

He made no comment after leaving a meeting at the Carlton Airport Hotel and the FAI has also declined to answer further questions about where he stands.

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The Leinster FA was a strong supporter of Mr Delaney during his tenure as CEO.

It holds 10 seats on the FAI’s council – the body from which the FAI board is selected.

At the end of last month, the head of the LFA, Peter Doyle, was one of the signatories on a statement from the provincial associations that backed Mr Delaney staying on in the FAI in his new brief.

“His election to the Uefa executive committee is testament to the high regard he is held within the game in Europe and, while this is a great honour for John, it is also recognition of the game in our association,” said the March 28 statement.

“All in the grassroots game are very grateful for John’s support and contribution to the grassroots game in his time as CEO and fully believe he is the person to continue his work with Uefa and Fifa matters in his new role as executive vice-president.”

The Leinster FA did not reply to queries on Mr Delaney’s trip this week, including the question of who was footing the bill for his travel.

In 2015, Mr Delaney travelled to the Hessen region – which is near Frankfurt – with the LFA for what has become a traditional series of matches between its youth inter-provincial side and its German counterparts.

This week’s team is managed by ex-League of Ireland player Joey Malone with former Ireland international Liam O’Brien part of his coaching staff.

Mr Delaney did not travel with the group on Monday due to his talks with the FAI, but joined it midway during a trip which consists of two matches – they played their final match at the SportHotel in Grunberg last night and are due back in Ireland today.

The German travelling party was officially headed up by Gerry Gorman, a council member and the president of the North East Football League (NEFL).

Read more: ‘The right thing to do would be to resign’ – John Giles calls for John Delaney to leave FAI

Read more: Daniel McDonnell: ‘FAI staff seem to be looking to future without John Delaney’

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