Ross Asks FAI President Elect To Step Down To Preserve Irish Football

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The Minister for Sport has asked the man nominated to be the next President of the Football Association of Ireland to stand down.

Minister Shane Ross says Donal Conway should withdraw his name ‘in the best interests of football’.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Donal Conway has been nominated unopposed by AGM members to be the next FAI president.

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Last month he said he wanted to remain in the role as part of an interim solution recommended by the Governance Review Group report into the FAI’s structures.

But Minister Shane Ross has today written to him to ask him to stand down.

He says that in April, it was stated the board of the FAI would step down to allow for a new board to be constituted in the best interests of Irish football.

Minister Ross says that contrary to that commitment, Mr Conway has now been effectively re-elected.

He asks him to withdraw his nomination for re-election at the forthcoming AGM, on July 27th.

Minister Ross claims this is necessary ‘to allow for new leadership, with credible reform credentials, in the best interests of football.