Delaney: The FAI’s worst own goal

Football tsar who loved the limelight squandered the chance of a revolution

6th October, 2019
Ireland players huddle before an international friendly at the Aviva: the Dublin stadium has been described as a noose round the FAI’s neck Picture: Getty

He sang about the IRA and boasted about meeting the Queen, used the FAI’s credit card to spend €400 at a Tommy Hilfiger store, but imposed pay cuts on staff. He lost his shoes in Sopot, threw away his tie in Moscow, hit the dancefloor with Nadia Forde in Strictly and heard Irish fans script a song especially for him. “Oh John Delaney,” they sang, “you used to be a wanker but you are all...

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