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# FAI

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# 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.
# WNL
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.
# Upheaval
Waterford FC doctor resigns as club reports second suspected Covid-19 case
Today’s game with Sligo was postponed over a suspected Covid-19 case discovered yesterday.
# recognised
Jack Byrne and Celtic's Lee O'Connor among FAI Player of the Year Awards winners
The full list of men’s and women’s underage winners were announced today.
# Gongs
Whelan in the mix and two U21 nominees for 'best goal': FAI unveil International Awards shortlist
Katie McCabe and her former Arsenal team-mate Louise Quinn are shortlisted for best women’s player alongside Denise O’Sullivan.
# WatchLOI
League of Ireland clubs to share all revenue from FAI's new streaming service
WATCHLOI will carry live coverage of more than 55 matches when the League of Ireland resumes.
FAI announce appointment of top civil servant as fourth independent director
Robert Watt joins the board alongside Roy Barrett, Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce.
# finding their voice
Council compels FAI board to call emergency meeting over controversial terms of government bailout
James Kelly has written to the FAI hierarchy to inform them that 47 Council members want to debate the terms of the deal before voting on them.
# igor labuts
Former Athlone goalkeeper wins CAS appeal against FAI ban for alleged match-fixing
‘The FAI took away three years from me. I will never forgive them for that’, said Igor Labuts following the ruling.
# Bail Out
Sport Ireland say rescue deal depends on FAI implementing rule changes
Sport Ireland have warned the FAI to pass governance reforms at their EGM or face missing out on funding.
# not lying down
FAI Chairperson Barrett hits back at comments made in Dáil by Fianna Fáil TD
Deputy Marc MacSharry questioned the FAI Chair’s authority to sign off on the terms of the government bailout in January.
# Reform
No role for Niall Quinn as FAI confirm appointments in restructured executive
Stephen Kenny has been appointed International Football Director, having said last week he would not have a title.
# headaches
FAI Council member raises further concern over 'ticking time bomb' government agreement
The FAI have agreed to adopt a series of controversial rule changes to secure a State bailout, but these are causing unease among some members.
# coaching the coaches
250 hours of analysis and staged TV interviews - Inside a top-level coaching course
We take a look at what the likes of Duff, Keane and Andrews had to do to earn their Pro Licence at the FAI, the highest qualification in coaching.
# jackie's army
'A legacy of outstanding leadership': Tributes paid to Ireland legend Jack Charlton
The Englishman who guided Ireland to the quarter-finals of Italia 90 died yesterday aged 85.
# pearl of wisdom
'The game is the game and we shouldn't be judged by gender' - A life in football from playing to coaching
Shelbourne captain Pearl Slattery is making huge strides in coaching.
# informal role
Stephen Kenny distances himself from Director title at revamped FAI
Kenny also confirmed James McCarthy is available for international selection, although the prospect of a return for Stephen Ireland looks unlikely.