FAI chief: ‘I apologise for breaking government pay deal’

Jonathan Hill received payments for expenses and in lieu of holidays which brought his salary above agreed levels

Jonathan Hill: ‘I also regret that these events take the focus away from the phenomenal work being done across all levels of Irish football’. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The chief executive of the FAI has apologised “unreservedly” for receiving payments above limits set in an agreement with the government in order to secure funding.

Jonathan Hill received payments for expenses, and in lieu of holidays not taken, which brought his pay above what was agreed during the organisation’s 2020 bailout.

The revelation resulted in funding to the FAI being suspended temporarily.

Appearing before the Oireachtas sport committee, Hill on Wednesday said the FAI ...