Ireland’s FA welcomes UEFA delegation

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 26: Conor Hourihane of Republic of Ireland during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 26: Conor Hourihane of Republic of Ireland during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Football Association has stopped receiving government funding after recent revelations against former chief executive John Delaney.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) will receive the visit of a UEFA delegation to try to sort things out in the crisis the FA is living.

The Irish government stopped funding to the FA after it was discovered some problems with the institution’s governance and its former chief executive John Delaney.

“Our UEFA colleagues are here to offer their support and insight to the Governance Review Group as we work together to improve Irish football,” interim CEO Rea Walshe told The 42.

GIBRALTAR, GIBRALTAR - MARCH 23: Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group D qualifying match between Gibraltar and Republic of Ireland at Victoria Stadium on March 23, 2019 in Gibraltar, Gibraltar. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

McCarthy says he “hated” the Ireland win against Gibraltar

The Ireland manager explained how his team felt when they visited the island, saying it was "just bizarre."

“Their visit is welcome. The experience and expertise within Uefa will offer real benefit to the Group as we work towards an initial report in June. They are here to help and the support from Uefa is welcomed by the FAI.”

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy added: “The terms of reference of the Governance Review Group confirm that the views of Uefa are a key constituent and their input will be of real significance as the Group works towards putting forward recommendations for a new structure.”

“This visit to Dublin by Uefa is a significant show of support to the work being carried out by the Group and we look forward to a productive meeting with them and a strong working relationship going forward.”

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