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Anti-Delaney banner to be flown over the Aviva tomorrow

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Banner: John Delaney
Banner: John Delaney

A group of Irish fans have organised an anti-John Delaney banner to be flown over the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.

Over 100 fans have have commissioned a small aircraft to carry the message across the skies over the stadium before Ireland's qualifying game against Scotland. 

The disgruntled fans have raised approximately €950 for the banner, which will read: "ENOUGH IS €NOUGH #DELANEYOUT". 

Organisers said they received 'extraordinary' support for the venture.

They added that the level of support for the venture is an illustration of the frustration that Irish football fans feel towards the FAI leadership.

It comes a week after the revelation the FAI were paid €5 million following Ireland's unjust defeat at the hands of France. 

Delaney last week revealed the money was arranged by Sepp Blatter after the team controversially lost a play-off against France in 2009 and was secured from FIFA after a heated exchange with Blatter in his office and the FIFA boss joking that the Republic sought to be team 33 at the World Cup in South Africa.

Delaney claimed the money was paid to stave off a threatened a lawsuit against FIFA after officials missed the handball by Henry to set up a goal for William Gallas.

The terms were originally confidential, the FAI has said, but the money was also due to be repaid if the Republic qualified for the subsequent 2014 World Cup.