May 3, 2019 / 1:34 PM / 22 days ago

Irish corporate watchdog begins legal action against Irish FA

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group D - Republic of Ireland v Georgia - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - March 26, 2019 Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland, John Delaney Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s state corporate watchdog has begun proceedings against Irish soccer’s governing body, it said on Friday, weeks after the Football Association of Ireland’s (FAI) board said it would step down in the wake of a furore over an undisclosed loan.

The FAI acknowledged last month that it had broken state funding rules by failing to tell authorities about a short-term loan made to it by its former chief executive John Delaney in 2017.

In a filing to Ireland’s Companies Registration Office published last month, FAI’s auditors Deloitte said the 98-year old association’s accounts were not being properly kept, contravening two sections of Irish company law.

“An affidavit has been filed in relation to the FAI,” initiating legal proceedings, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) said. He declined to give any further details.

State broadcaster RTE said the affidavit related to whether documents given to it by the FAI contained privileged legal material.

A spokesman for the FAI said that it was aware of the ODCE application and that it continued to co-operate fully with the body.

Reporting by Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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