A member of the FAI Board has taken an extraordinary step to write to FIFA and UEFA over concerns about how the game is being managed.
Nixon Morton, member of the National Executive School of FAI, wrote to Sarah Solemale, Manager of FIFA Governance Services and Yann Hafner, UEFA Legal Regulatory Expert.
In January, FAI, led by new independent chairman Roy Barrett, approved a rescue package with the Irish government, banks and UEFA so that Irish football would survive after the publication of the Association’s account in December which revealed a € 55 million obligation after resignation John Delaney as Chief Executive.
Morton is concerned about the Memorandum of Understanding that sets reforms to the structure of the FAI after the rescue agreement, including the expansion of independent directors on the FAI board to six and the requirement that FAI Board members who have served for ten years or more must step this summer.
In his submission, Morton said that the terms of the rescue agreement with the FAI council would result in ‘loss of sovereignty’ and he went on to argue that ‘a number of my Senior Council colleagues and other members in football were very concerned with what happened at the match in Ireland under supervision Existing Council. ‘
Morton has raised questions about how to appoint Barrett, caretaker CEO Gary Owens and vice president of temporary and former Republic of Ireland international Niall Quinn.
The board has 79 members. An AGM is scheduled for Galway on July 25, with an EGM to be held before that which will facilitate voting on amendments so that Government funds can be released to provide vital assistance to the Association which is under further pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic. .
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