John Delaney WON'T face a grilling by politicians today

John Delaney
John Delaney

The FAI Chief Executive John Delaney will not appear before the Oireachtas Transport committee today after it was decided he couldn't be brought before them

Speaking on RTE's News at One, Transport, Tourism and Sport committee chairman John O'Mahony confirmed that Delaney would not appear as it had been deemed that they did not have the remit to investigate the €5m payment made by FIFA to the FAI in the wake of the Thierry Henry handball scandal.

The majority of TDs on the committee then voted against bringing Delaney in to see them, though many were strongly of the view they should have called him in

It was widely reported last night that Deleany was making contact with members of the committee, saying that his attendance would be a distraction ahead of the crucial game with Scotland at the weekend.

Committee member Dessie Ellis told the Irish Times that Delaney had called him and explained he had said all he could about the payment.

FIFA confirmed last week they paid the Association €5m in 2010 as part of a settlement to prevent the FAI taking legal action against them over a number of mattters, one of which was the officiating of the infamous Thierry Henry handball in Paris in 2009.