SIPTU Sector Organiser, Denis Hynes, said: “SIPTU representatives met with our members in the FAI today. At this meeting serious concerns about the future of the organisation were expressed. These include concern at its future direction following the announcement by the interim CEO, John Foley, that he will not be continuing in the role and the continued withholding of funding for the organisation by the Government and Sports Ireland.

“Morale among staff in the FAI is at an all-time low, with media reports of the possibility of up to 100 job losses causing great concern. It is not only the livelihoods of workers which are under threat here but soccer at community level across Ireland.”

He added: “Our members have requested that the Minister for Sport, Shane Ross, meets with their representatives urgently to discuss the situation in the FAI and how the current crisis can be resolved.”