While this may not resonate with all readers, it is important in indicating how inept our soccer hierarchy are here in Ireland. You will see that the below incident features a club to which FAI Chairman, John Delaney was heavily affiliated. Now I’m not saying that that held some sway in a disgraceful decision in an arbitration hearing brought about by one team who simply weren’t good enough to beat another team but… No, wait a second. That’s exactly what I’m fucking saying. I’ve called John Delaney an idiot. I’ve called John Delaney a moron. I’ve called John Delaney a cunt and now I’m calling him a lying, corrupt moronic and thoroughly dispicable cunt. The tipperary soccer club, St Michaels should also be thoroughly and absolutely ashamed of themselves. To any player playing for this disgraceful team, I’d urge you to look for a transfer to a decent side who don’t have use a technicality to get ahead in a competition they’re not good enough to be in. I perosnally hope Clonmel hammer the fucking bejaysus out of ye.
THE FAI’s interpretation of their own rules governing players returning from the League of Ireland (LOI) back to junior soccer is
under the microscope in Limerick after the Munster Football Association (MFA) this week arrived a different ruling than its governing body.
With football fans in the Mid-West already up in arms because of the FAI’s decision to cull the Limerick FC friendly with FC Barcelona at Thomond
Park in July, the MFA, meeting in Turners Cross last Monday night, decided that Limerick side Pike Rovers can continue in the Munster
Junior Cup (MJC).
Pike were effectively booted out of the FAI Junior Cup by the FAI last month. The club subsequently appealed their expulsion to arbitration, but that appeal
was given the thumbs down.
Pike were/are in dispute with Tipperary side St Michael’s - who list FAI CEO John Delaney as a former player - who they beat 4-2 in the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup in Cooke Park in March.
Following the defeat in their own back yard St Michael’s lodged a protest with the FAI Junior Council.
The protest was lodged on the grounds that a number of Pike players - later reduced to a protest against one Pike player - were ineligible because
they were not properly re-instated or re-graded after returning from the LOI to junior soccer.
The FAI Junior Council subsequently decided that in the interest of fair play that the tie should be replayed, but
both clubs appealed that decision to the FAI Senior Council.
However, the FAI Senior Council ruled against Pike and they went to arbitration. The arbitration hearing was heard last Wednesday at FAI HQ in Abbotstown and the Shannonsiders were informed by post 24 hours later that they had lost.
Meanwhile, MFA Secretary Ger Delaney confirmed just a few days after the arbitration hearing, that the MFA, meeting in Turner’s Cross last Monday, had “made the decision that Pike Rovers can continue in the Munster Junior Cup.”
A Pike Rovers spokesman confirmed that the player at the centre of the FAI Junior Cup protest played in the Munster Junior Cup. This was also confirmed by the MFA, who
embargoed the Limerick clubs involvement in the MJC pending the outcome of the arbitration hearing.
Commentating on the arbitration result, the Pike Rovers spokesman admitted the club were devastated, adding that the club, founded in 1938, deserved a lot more respect than to be expelled for the FAI Junior Cup in this manner.
Pike Rovers now meet Carrick United in the MFC semi final at Jackman Park in Limerick on Saturday May 29, while St Michael’s, who were outplayed by Pike Rovers and beaten fairly and squarely in their own back yard, advance to the semi finals of the FAI Junior Cup on an interpretation of a technicality - it beats actually having to score goals.
They’ll meet fellow Tipp side Clonmel Town in the last four. The winners will face Fairview Rangers in the FAI Junior Cup final on June 13.
It is estimated that it can cost the club in the region of €8,000 to €10,000 to go to arbitration.