John Delaney has been doing the rounds on national radio this morning, apologising for a video which surfaced last Friday of him singing a rebel song in the Bath pub in Dublin after the Ireland v USA game. Here at Balls, we found this apology quite strange given the fact that we were told by an FAI representative last Saturday morning that it was actually not John Delaney singing in the video.
After posting the story Friday night, we were contacted by this FAI representative the following morning who advised we take the post down as we were leaving ourselves open to legal proceedings. When questioned on whether or not it was Delaney in the video were told that it wasn't him.
As an independent sports site – and after failing to find other sources to confirm that it was Delaney in the video – we couldn't afford to take the risk and we reluctantly took the post down.
It seems the Guardian sportsdesk also received a similar warning from the FAI over the video. In a post published this morning James Riach writes:
The FAI’s lawyers had been instructed on Monday evening to deny the footage showed Delaney singing. A senior partner at Debello Law told the Guardian: 'My client’s position is simply that it is not him singing in the video. If you take the decision to publish legal proceedings will follow as it will undoubtedly cause various issues for my client.'
The plot thickens.