The entire FAI board is facing cross-party demands to quit after politicians insisted that John Delaney’s decision to “step aside” while an FAI review takes place fails to go far enough. The majority of Oireachtas sports committee members will demand that Sports Minister Shane Ross and Sport Ireland remove the FAI board at a crucial meeting today, saying the FAI needs to be swept clean to restore trust. After a third behind-closed-doors crisis meeting with Mr Delaney in four days, the FAI board released a statement last night saying its ex-chief executive has “offered to voluntarily step aside” from his new role as executive vice-president. Ms Murphy said the FAI statement shows that it “is completely misreading what’s needed” and “removes any doubt the whole board should go, they’re living in cloud cuckoo land”. However, the Irish Examiner understands that Sport Ireland will today tell the committee that despite the cross-party demands, removing all board members may be impossible.
Source: Irish Examiner April 16, 2019 05:26 UTC