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# 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Five players withdrawn from Ireland squad for Wales clash due to positive Covid case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.
# Exit
'It was always the plan to step away' - Quinn on FAI departure
Niall Quinn stepped down as interim Deputy CEO yesterday.
# on the way out
Niall Quinn confirms exit from FAI
He had been serving as Deputy CEO on an interim basis, but is now leaving the organisation.
# out of the running
Gary Owens pulls out of race to be permanent CEO of the FAI
One member of the ‘Visionary Group’ will not be continuing at the FAI.
# Sport
Minister to meet with sports bodies to discuss Covid-19 restrictions
Catherine Martin will meet with representatives from the GAA, FAI and the IRFU today.
# Political Football
Niall Quinn dismisses Barrett conflict claims as 'accusations from naysayers'
FAI chairman has denied any conflict of interest despite Bank of Ireland recommendation.
# more questions
'I don't believe I should be the story' - FAI Chair Barrett dismisses questions over bank links
Roy Barrett has revealed he did not apply for the position at the FAI, but was recommended to recruiters by the Chairman of the Bank of Ireland.
# Moving Forward
FAI avoid insolvency as EGM members vote to approve rule changes
The vote avoids another crisis at the Association, and allows the FAI draw down funds from a €20 million State bailout.
Horgan blasts Treaty to WNL win over Bohs
Niamh Kenna struck to give Bohs an equaliser before half-time, but they were unable to keep Treaty at bay for long.
# Criticism
FAI dismiss claims of bank involvement in hiring chairperson as 'deflecting from the real issues'
FAI member Larry Bass has made several criticisms of the Association ahead of a crucial vote on reforms next Monday.
# Endgame
Some compromise on the cards ahead of crucial FAI vote on bailout deal
A virtual vote to effectively rescue the FAI from insolvency will go ahead next Monday.
# Fixture List
Ireland's Nations League trip to Bulgaria confirmed despite pandemic uncertainty
Nations League opener set for Sofia on 3 September.
# Unimpressed
'Sporting organisations shouldn’t have to take the fall for government failures' - Sinn Féin
Meanwhile, the Football Association of Ireland have confirmed they are in discussions around the latest Covid-19 guidelines.
# locked out
GAA call on NPHET to present evidence behind decision to move games behind closed doors
The FAI, meanwhile, have clarified what today’s restrictions mean for those involved in Irish soccer.
# Looking Back
'As soon as I made that choice for America, my ambition to wear the Irish shirt was taken off me'
Linda Greene on going to America at 17 and falling out of favour at international level.
# New Rules
Non-contact football training can resume in Laois, Offaly and Kildare
The FAI has lifted its suspension of activity in the three counties.
# more trouble
Shelbourne chairman Andrew Doyle brands FAI governance 'appalling' in resignation letter
Doyle has resigned from the Finance Committee, which has yet to convene. ‘”I’m not entirely sure it is possible to resign from a Committee which does not yet exist’, wrote Doyle.
# outcome
Second Waterford player tests negative for Covid-19
The club’s match today with Cork City also went ahead as planned.
# recognition
Irish football legends Paul McGrath and Anne O'Brien inducted into hall of fame
It is the second successive year that both a male and female football personality have been given the award.
# calmed waters
'Apologies have been made' - FAI board present united front at the end of a rancorous week
Optimism is growing that the reforms necessary to avoid insolvency will be voted through at the end of the month.
# statement
FAI chief Roy Barrett responds to directors' claims on eve of special meeting
The statement has since earned a reply from Deputy Marc MacSharry. who stands by his criticisms of Barrett.
# Political Football
Explainer: unravelling a dramatic split in the FAI boardroom
Gavin Cooney on what this latest Irish football row is all about.
# Chaos
FAI boardroom divisions deepen as football directors refute claims by Interim CEO Owens
The eight elected directors have taken the remarkable step of releasing a statement calling on Gary Owens to clarify remarks about their awareness of the controversial MOU with the government.
# Reform
Quinn and Owens insist there is no 'Visionary Group' takeover of the FAI
The FAI are facing a crucial vote on reforms later this month to escape insolvency, but some members claim the Association is losing its ‘sovereignty’.
# lob
Troy Parrott lands FAI's International Goal of the Year for this strike against Sweden
Louise Quinn has been named Women’s Player of the Year.
# Endorsement
Uefa and Fifa voice support for contentious FAI reforms
The Association faces insolvency if the controversial changes do not pass a vote at an EGM later this month.