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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 10°C


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# good news
FAI announce major broadcast deals for League of Ireland and Women's National League
There’ll be plenty of live domestic football to watch over the coming months.
# in camera
High Court told that John Delaney bid for court proceedings to be held in private is 'very draconian'
Delaney’s legal team has said that the potential dissemination of legal documents is “a matter of enormous concern” to him.
# good news
Concussion subs to be trialled in League of Ireland this season
The FAI explained the process in a statement this evening.
# Support
FAI and PFA condemn social media abuse and death threats directed at James McClean
The Ireland and Stoke City winger has highlighted the ‘anti-Irish abuse’ he has received.
# John Delaney
ODCE wants more people appointed to help examine files seized from FAI
The office wants to appoint five more people to review materials over which claims of legal privilege are made by the FAI.
# clean slate
The FAI has settled a €368k bill with An Garda Síochána for policing major football matches
The FAI’s ability to repay the monies owed follows a €55 million government package which saved the organisation last year.
# Investigation
Additional independent person sought to help examine documents seized from FAI
Some 280,000 files were seized by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.
# shock departure
FAI's handling of 'Videogate' led to Damien Duff's exit from Irish backroom staff
Duff has made an abrupt exit from the Irish camp, though it’s not thought he has any issue with Stephen Kenny.
‘Ignoring it wasn’t the answer’ – The Irish teen footballer who exposed disgraceful online abuse
Shelbourne player Jessie Stapleton on her recent tweet that went viral.
# much ado about nothing
FAI chief Barrett: Wembley 'Videogate' saga blown out of proportion
He did not deny the scale of the reaction was fuelled by the FAI’s own statement on the issue.
# the year that was
An A-Z of the Irish football year in 2020
We run through what has been a fairly desperate 12 months for Irish football, on and off the pitch.
# legacy
FAI paying Mike Ashley's Sports Direct €100,000 a month until October 2025
The Association’s dreadful financial position was outlined in an Annual General Meeting today.
# Kop Idol
Ronnie Whelan’s homecoming during the tumultuous summer of 1981
The young, former Home Farm midfielder was part of an eventful Dublin stay.
# Grounds For Concern
FAI to present Uefa with range of Aviva capacity scenarios in hope to hold on to Dublin's Euro 2020 games
The governing body are set to make a decision on whether to retain the 12-nation hosting arrangement in March.
# Unacceptable
Shamrock Rovers condemn 'hateful' racist and sexist abuse of their U17 players
A series of appalling comments appeared beneath a YouTube livestream of the teams’ respective national league finals.
# response
'Not acceptable in any circumstance' - FAI condemn comments on Women's U17 league final livestream
A player’s post containing screenshots of several comments has been shared widely on social media.
# dependence
‘The problem you had is that clubs relied on the FAI for a lot of things’
In part 3 of our series on the legacy of the old FAI, we chat to St Patrick’s Athletic Director of Football and former player, Ger O’Brien.
# bad relationship
'We were very much on the wrong side of the Delaney ire for a number of years'
In part two of our series looking at the impact of the old FAI, we chat to Stuart Gilhooly of the PFAI.
# Interview
‘Did I regret resigning? No, I couldn’t survive in that environment’ - John Delaney's predecessor
In part one of our series on the legacy of the old FAI one year on from when the extent of its financial issues were revealed, we chat to ex-General Secretary Brendan Menton.
# let them play
Government u-turn allows FAI's U17 and U19 leagues continue
They were initially cancelled, but have been allowed to continue in line with the decision to allow the GAA stage their minor and U20 championships.
# horror show
FAI post loss of €5 million for 2019 and show debts of almost €70 million in grim set of accounts
Chairperson Roy Barrett says the figures show ‘how deep that pain runs throughout our game.’
Ireland draw Portugal and Serbia in World Cup qualifiers
The road to Qatar begins in March for Stephen Kenny’s Boys in Green.
# Staying Put
Fifa reportedly close Brexit transfer loophole in potential game-changer for Irish football
The days of Irish minors moving to UK clubs may be about to end.
# Talks
Kenny holds 'positive' meeting with FAI chief Owens amid video fallout
There is no suggestion Kenny’s job is under threat.
# Reports
FAI to investigate video shown to Ireland players before England clash
Stephen Kenny’s side suffered a 3-0 defeat in an international friendly played last week at Wembley.
# Investigation
High Court rules that John Delaney must examine documents seized by ODCE by mid-January
The court has been asked by the ODCE to determine if some files are covered by legal professional privilege.
Michael Healy-Rae apologises for supporting John Delaney during 2019 Oireachtas appearance
The Kerry TD said in April 2019 that he was “quite confident” that Delaney could only be accused of being “passionately committed to his job”.
# Didsy
Ireland striker David McGoldrick announces shock retirement from international football
McGoldrick retires ‘to concentrate on his club career and family’.
# restrictions
Underage training to continue as FAI confirms its guidelines for Level 5
Games in the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League can also go ahead.
# Off
FAI postpone all elite underage leagues with immediate effect
The decision has been made ahead of a Cabinet meeting on whether to send the country to level five.
# High Court
ODCE objects to John Delaney getting extra time to complete file inspection process
The matter will return before the High Court in two weeks’ time.
# uphill battle
Jonathan Hill appointed CEO of the Football Association of Ireland
It’s ‘a turning point for Irish football after the events of the last 18 months,’ says FAI president Gerry McAnaney.
# Political Football
Go inside John Delaney's FAI with Champagne Football on TV tonight
The show will air at 9pm on Virgin Media.
# Weird Science
Another possible false positive in Stephen Kenny's Ireland camp, FAI say
The player was tested by Uefa ahead of the Finland game.
# twist
Five players withdrawn from Ireland squad for Wales clash due to positive Covid case
Meanwhile, the Covid test that led to Connolly and Idah missing play-off may have been a false positive.
# Grassroots
FAI confirms level 3 plans with all adult amateur and underage fixtures ceased from midnight
Elite football matches – those in the SSE Airtricity League, the Women’s National League and all five underage National Leagues – can continue.
# Concern
FAI backroom team member tests positive for Covid-19
The news comes with the team preparing for a crucial Euros play-off away to Slovakia on Thursday.
'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'
Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, authors of the remarkable Champagne Football, are our guests on this week’s Behind the Lines.
# crisis
'If this goes on indefinitely you have to question if pro rugby is sustainable'
IRFU chief warns ‘existence of professional rugby in Ireland’ is under threat in 2021 as sporting bodies seek government help.
# united front
FAI, GAA and IRFU to make collaborative proposal to government regarding return of spectators
The associations will meet again next week.