Soccer “Grassroots” will suffer over John Delaney controversy says Billy Walsh

The former Republic of Ireland Junior and Amateur International says the whole situation is a very sad mess

Former Republic of Ireland Junior and Amateur International BIlly Walsh says the Grassroots of Football is going to suffer in the wake of the FAI set to lose out on more than 1.4 million this year after Sport Ireland suspended funding to the association following the recent controversy over former FAI Chief Executive John Delaney giving a €100,000 loan to the FAI.

Speaking to KCLR, Billy said the whole situation is a very sad mess.

He said “When somebody is at the top for so long, that stuff happens. John Delaney has been involved for a long time, I suppose human nature makes you think you’re untouchable and for me, that’s what this smacks of”.

“John Delaney has done a lot of good stuff, there is no point in saying that he hasn’t but for me he is there too long, and now this thing is coming out, and I am sure there will probably be more to come”.

Billy added “It’s a very very sad mess and it’s one that needs to be sorted out very quickly because it’s not football and the grassroots of football is going to suffer”,

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is the Head of Sport and News in KCLR96FM. He's an avid rugby fan and can be seen frequenting Leinster and local clubs games. He loves his GAA too and is a former hurler and footballer and stood between the posts for his home club of Kiltegan for many years. He's also a Man U fan for his troubles and shouts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
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