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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:57:47 PM »
Best keeper in the world me hole.

Come back Taibi, all is forgiven.

Who is better?

Than de Gea? The lad form the far end of the pitch from him tonight for one.

Oblak, Alisson, Ederson

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General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:30:47 AM »
That was tough on Watford tonight, they were a credit to good football,  though no complaints about their stupid forearm strike  sending off and the opportune goal gifted by a  clumsy goalkeeper . Nevertheless it was hard to credit just how much Arsenal have fallen  and that despite their x4 times increase in transfer spending. They resemble a scummy team ready to use the tactics and desperate game plan,  trying to keep space between themselves and  relegation.
The odds this year are on a St Hotspur's day, not a St Totteringham's day.

Arsenal already have more points than last season. They spent last summer what Chelsea and Liverpool spent on a goalkeeper. As for the Spurs comparisons. Spurs have won two leagues. Arsenal have won the league twice at WHL and also won it in colour.

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General discussion / Re: The Masters 2019
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:06:58 PM »
A great comeback but not best ever. In golf alone surely Ben Hogan. In sport Niki Lauda.

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This whole issue has tarnished Soccer forever. It seems rotten to the core. Aside from the number of clubs folding and leaving significant debt, the association in charge seems to be the biggest culprit. It's not so much financial mismanagement, it's a deliberate use of the money to line their own pockets. There can be no doubt that lots of people are only involved for the money, much like the players are nowadays.
Is this not an Ireland wide issue?

The FAI at the top was always rotten going back to 66 WC qualification and agreeing to play in Paris for money.

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General discussion / Re: The Masters 2019
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:57:52 PM »
Anyone happy to see tiger win this? Christ he’s a joyless b**tard.

Looked full of joy at end.

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John Delaney, the executive vice-president of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), spent almost €40,000 on his work credit card in the last six months of 2016, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

While Delaney was on a salary of €360,000 as chief executive, he used the FAI credit card to pay for duty-free purchases at airports, meals in his local pub in Wicklow and to make cash withdrawals of more than €6,000 in six months.

Purchases on Delaney’s FAI credit card included €400 at a Hilfiger store, more than €500 on two visits to an executive dry-cleaning outfit, and a €226 bill from Thomas Pink, a store that claims to have perfected “the traditions and intuition of English shirtmaking”.

The FAI said “no comment” when asked about Delaney’s credit card expenses, and about a separate €60,000 payment made by the association in early 2014 to a third party labelled as “professional fees”.

The Sunday Times also found that, on top of Delaney’s company credit card expenses, the FAI paid a bill of €8,018 in December 2015 to cover his stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel beside New York’s Central Park. The hotel features soundproof windows and feather beds dressed in goose-down duvets, while guests are offered a choice of pillows from a menu.


As director of Waterford Football Club in 2001, Delaney called on then FAI chief executive Bernard O’Byrne to stand down pending a review of his use of an FAI credit card. O’Byrne subsequently accepted an exit package amid allegations that he used the card for personal spending. O’Byrne, who repaid the sums in question, blamed the issue on an “administrative error”.

Delaney’s FAI credit card included 13 separate bills from Plucks, his local pub and restaurant in Kilmacanogue, amounting to a total of €563 in six months. He also had charges of €119 from Kurt Geiger, an upmarket British footwear and accessories retailer, and a €91 bill from Cath Kidston, a “distinctive lifestyle brand”.

Staying power: Delaney’s bill at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai came to €4,474
Staying power: Delaney’s bill at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai came to €4,474
The credit card statements show Delaney had a tendency to withdraw cash using the FAI card in sums ranging from €100 to €250. In just over 40 cash withdrawals in six months, Delaney withdrew more than €6,180. These withdrawals incurred bank charges of more than €115 for the FAI.

On July 21, 2016, Delaney withdrew €200 and €150 from the Topaz garage in Kilmacanogue. On the same date, the credit card was used to withdraw the sterling equivalent of €265 in Terminal 2 of Heathrow. On October 7, the day after Ireland won a home World Cup qualifier against Georgia and two days before the team played away to Moldova, Delaney withdrew €600 in cash in three transactions.

The largest single charge on the credit card in the six-month period was a €4,474 bill from the Ritz- Carlton five-star hotel in Dubai in December 2016. Guests in the hotel enjoy personalised service and daily culinary presentations plus access to a private beach. While in Dubai, Delaney charged a bill of €219 from the Madinat Jumeirah resort and another bill of €271 at the Asia Asia restaurant. At the same time he paid €1,170 to “Aster Home Care”, which appears to be a healthcare company based in Dubai.

Delaney’s credit card bills show that while in London he usually stays in the Arch, an upmarket hotel near Marylebone. From six separate charges, the FAI has paid €4,202 for use of this hotel.

In September, Delaney amassed a bill of €225 from Gaucho Tower Bridge, a restaurant known for its Argentine steaks and stunning views of the Thames. Delaney has also enjoyed fine dining in Ireland with cumulative bills of €250 from two visits to Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill. Another €72 was spent on two bills from “Kingfisher takeaway”.

Delaney travelled extensively in 2016 as he campaigned successfully for election to Uefa’s executive committee in April 2017. He charged more than €7,300 on his credit card for flights in that six-month period. There was €355 spent on duty free. He also charged more than €2,000 in petrol station bills, including a €66.74 purchase in Michael Healy-Rae’s Mace shop and garage in Kilgarvan. Last week the Kerry TD spoke in Delaney’s defence at an Oireachtas committee hearing into the FAI’s corporate governance.

Last week, the FAI refused to answer any questions about Delaney’s credit card expenses or say if he reimbursed the association any of the charges, or if he was required to present receipts for his expenditure. The FAI responded “no comment” when The Sunday Times asked whether the association had a policy on staff using company credit cards to withdraw cash.

It is understood the FAI is able to get reimbursements for tickets Delaney purchased for Manchester United and Celtic matches under an arrangement with the clubs. The former chief executive’s credit card was used to buy more than €2,300 worth of tickets from these two clubs in the six-month period.

Delaney’s solicitor did not respond to queries yesterday.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:03:11 PM »
Miguel Delaney didn't have much time for him today.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 10, 2019, 12:21:23 AM »
Pete Buttigieg is very impressive 

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 06, 2019, 10:20:06 AM »
The President of America can't say origin. He thinks noise causes cancer. The actual President of America.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:41:22 PM »
The President of America can't say the word origins, doesn't know where his father was born and thinks babies are being cremated at birth. Must be chem trails or flouride in water.

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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread - A New Hope
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:25:58 AM »
Only thing is need to improve away form. Already equalled last seasons points total. Emery has done a great job.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: March 30, 2019, 06:18:45 PM »
It's a great game.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: March 30, 2019, 05:57:52 PM »
Thought the square ball rule was scrapped??

I thought you couldn't be in the square when the ball is being passed but as soon as it's on the way you can be in there. May be wrong though

Correct. Old rules still apply from placed balls.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: March 30, 2019, 05:41:24 PM »
Not sure that goal should have been disallowed.

He was in the square before pass. Course it had to be ruled out.

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General discussion / Re: Android Boxes
« on: March 27, 2019, 09:18:37 PM »
Anybody know any good apps to download to an android box to watch tv? Being using TeaTV but it's acting up.

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