Saturday January 18, 2020

‘I was shocked, to be honest’: the FAI’s financial shame laid bare

Undisclosed pay deals, secret pensions and underpayment of tax are just some of the problems left by John Delaney, as last week’s press conference revealed that the FAI has a long road ahead of it

8th December, 2019
Paul Cooke executive lead of the FAI, during Friday’s press conference

There were three false dawns last week when the Football Association of Ireland’s bombshell financial revelations were promised and then did not land.

Then there we were, a cadre of journalists gathered in an overheated room at Abbotstown on Friday afternoon, waiting.

The presser (press conference) was supposed to start at noon. It was then delayed until 1pm. At 1pm, there was no sign of things starting, and rumours festered. Was there a...

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