Level playing field?: in 2013 the FAI had an income was €36.7 million, with a surplus of almost €9 million. It gave grassroots affiliates €1.1 million in development and operating grants. Illustration: Maciej Frolow/Getty

When John Delaney of the Football Association of Ireland admitted recently that the organisation he heads had accepted a €5 million loan from Sepp Bla(...)

Azerbaijan medal hopeful Collazo Sotomayor was born in Cuba. Photograph: Getty.

After spending €85 million on the opening ceremony, €540 million on a new stadium to stage it, plus that reported €9 billion on running the entire sh(...)

After 12days the European Games are feeling more and more like the OIympics. Photograph: Epa

Day 12, and by now, Baku is beginning to feel less like a European Games and more like an Olympic Games. The steady rush between venues. The dizzy spe(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill cuts a frustrated figure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan 2:10

There is rarely a good time to hear the strange music of Scottish bagpipes. But an hour into what was supposed to be an exhibition of Irish fury at th(...)

The FAI shredded and replaced 18,000 programmes for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland after comments made by John Delaney about Fifa. Photograph: PA

The FAI have shredded and replaced 18,000 matchday programmes ahead of Saturday’s European Championships qualifier against Scotland in order to get(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni and  John Delaney at the Galway Races in 2008.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Giovanni Trapattoni, former manager of the Irish soccer team, has provided many memorable quotes over the years; one of his most stinging came in reac(...)

Home turf: Shelbourne are looking to offload their Tolka Park grounds as one way of paying off their huge debts. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The walls of the office under the old stand at Tolka Park in Drumcondra are thick with pennants and framed photographs, while on shelves behind cle(...)

’Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his party leader.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Toddler was away in Brussels on Wednesday. He left the Baby Brute in charge. Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his part(...)

A group of Irish soccer fans claimed they were defamed after a picture of them appeared on the ‘Irish Sun’ website, allegedly associating them with an unrelated incident where other fans carried  FAI chief executive John Delaney and took his shoes and socks. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Irish soccer fan, one of eight who claim they were wrongly depicted online as “drunken hooligans” who took part in FAI chief John Delaney’s Sopot s(...)

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney  with Paschal Donohoe TD Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, at the Republic of Ireland V England International Friendly. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FAI chief executive, John Delaney, will not face Oireachtas questioning about the five million euro pay-off from Fifa for a Thierry Henry handball whi(...)