The FAI’s interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn and interim CEO Gary Owens met with Football Association of Ireland (FAI) staff on Monday to provide some reassurance a(...)

Emmet Malone: “At the end, in front of the 14-year-olds he is supposed to be teaching about respect and sportsmanship, the manager tells me I am “a disgrace”. I leave feeling precisely the same way about him.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It is 11.50 on a Saturday morning and I’m wondering, once again, why I am doing this. I have just refereed my second schoolboy game of the morning an(...)

Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Ballis in action against Ajax’s  Julian Rijkhoff. All the talk prior to the final was about the latter a 13-year-old striker. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is an irresistible urge at events like the Friendship Cup to try to spot the stars of tomorrow and everyone, you soon realise, is at it. As the(...)