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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7665 on: April 14, 2019, 10:35:29 AM »
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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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7666 on: April 14, 2019, 10:50:31 AM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
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« Reply #7667 on: April 14, 2019, 11:59:27 AM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?

All I said was I would love to be confident that there are no similar skeletons in closets on Jones Road.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7668 on: April 14, 2019, 12:38:26 PM »
A fai credit for business use and the obvious mishandling of it should be an automatic dismissal. The fact he's still there would lead me to believe there are a no of these credit cards about among top level staff been similar misused. Wonder how Dolan in the Irish star will defend that.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7669 on: April 14, 2019, 01:30:05 PM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?


Is there any reason why you continually make reference to special needs?
Catch a grip of yourself ffs.


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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7670 on: April 14, 2019, 01:34:50 PM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?


Is there any reason why you continually make reference to special needs?
Catch a grip of yourself ffs.

How else do you respond to a post with that level of stupidity? He shows all the hallmarks of being on the spectrum.

Or put another way, if Rainmam is happy to dish it out...

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7671 on: April 14, 2019, 01:44:49 PM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?


Is there any reason why you continually make reference to special needs?
Catch a grip of yourself ffs.

How else do you respond to a post with that level of stupidity? He shows all the hallmarks of being on the spectrum.

Or put another way, if Rainmam is happy to dish it out...
Continually trying to deflect justified criticism of soccer by raising innuendos against the GAA.......
Time you moved on from the "Gah bad" mindset so beloved of so many of the Irish soccer fraternity.
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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7672 on: April 14, 2019, 01:48:42 PM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?


Is there any reason why you continually make reference to special needs?
Catch a grip of yourself ffs.

How else do you respond to a post with that level of stupidity? He shows all the hallmarks of being on the spectrum.

Or put another way, if Rainmam is happy to dish it out...
You regularly provide entertainment here claiming to be something you clearly are not and attempt to take a position of superiority but your calling other posters as "special needs" is just not on. The fact you persevere does not reflect well on you.
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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7673 on: April 14, 2019, 04:20:10 PM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?


Is there any reason why you continually make reference to special needs?
Catch a grip of yourself ffs.

How else do you respond to a post with that level of stupidity? He shows all the hallmarks of being on the spectrum.

Or put another way, if Rainmam is happy to dish it out...
You regularly provide entertainment here claiming to be something you clearly are not and attempt to take a position of superiority but your calling other posters as "special needs" is just not on. The fact you persevere does not reflect well on you.

I would focus more on the equating of special needs with stupidity. Redolent  of ‘Shamrock Rovers Ultras’. Are we dealing with a reincarnation of dublinfella?

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7674 on: April 14, 2019, 04:41:53 PM »
I'm sure Brigín/Kimmage will be along shortly to suggest that Duffy/Browne  were much worse.......
You do understand that claiming I'm Paul Kimmage makes you look special needs?


Is there any reason why you continually make reference to special needs?
Catch a grip of yourself ffs.

How else do you respond to a post with that level of stupidity? He shows all the hallmarks of being on the spectrum.

Or put another way, if Rainmam is happy to dish it out...
Continually trying to deflect justified criticism of soccer by raising innuendos against the GAA.......
Time you moved on from the "Gah bad" mindset so beloved of so many of the Irish soccer fraternity.

But I havent fonr that, have I....? Rainman creates a strawman.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7675 on: April 14, 2019, 05:36:23 PM »
Indo running with a very strong story about a protected disclosure around charities. Not much substance but its getting serious now.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7676 on: April 15, 2019, 08:56:34 AM »
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.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7677 on: April 15, 2019, 09:41:24 AM »
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.

Has the clubs folding thing not stopped?

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #7678 on: April 15, 2019, 09:48:47 AM »
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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« Reply #7679 on: April 17, 2019, 10:04:18 PM »
Just catching up on the John Delaney thing. He’s perhaps the underlying reason why I stopped caring about Irish football. It became abundantly clear after Saipan that it was a complete waste of time following the team as it was hampered from the beginning. The organization that was supposed to be promoting the team wasn’t serious at all. The level of corruption and hypocrisy of the man is at times staggering but for the most part not at all that surprising. I don’t know how he could justify it to his colleagues let alone himself what he thought he could award himself with while teams struggled for funds, while staff took pay cuts, retired staff losing pensions. Absolutely disgusting.
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