John Delaney gives first interview since Rio ticket story broke

John Delaney
John Delaney

John Delaney has spoken passionately about former FAI president Milo Corcoran who passed away yesterday - but there was no mention of the alleged ticket touting scandal in Brazil during a radio interview this morning.

A Brazilian judge issued a warrant to seize FAI CEO Delaney’s passport on Sunday along with two other OCI members - acting president Willie O'Brien and personal assistant Linda O'Reilly - as they continue their investigations into the alleged touting of tickets that has seen former OCI president Pat Hickey arrested along with another Irishman, Kevin Mallon.

Chef de Mission for the Olympics Kevin Kilty, CEO Stephen Martin and General Secretary Dermot Henihan also had their passports confiscated and were forced to reschedule flights home.

As well as being CEO of the FAI, Delaney is second vice-president of the OCI and has been tipped to take over as president by 2020 by Pat Hickey himself.

Delaney has remained silent on events in Rio and today he spoke passionately about Milo Corcoran, the former FAI president who sadly passed away yesterday after a short illness.

This morning, Delaney made an appearance on WLR FM and before the clip was aired, Matt Keane, who conducted the interview, suggested that Delaney had asked him not to raise questions on the alleged ticket scandal.

However, John Delaney has asked for this statement to be withdrawn, insisting that that he did not make the request.

Speaking on WLR FM today about Milo Corcoran, Delaney said: “A really good board member. He was on the board a good number of years. He would know how to contribute at a board meeting, he would know how to make decisions at board meetings. 

“He will be a huge loss. Sometimes that is just said but it’s meant this time. He was somebody who the FAI really..the staff loved him, the board loved him and certainly I loved him.”