North-East Football League side Ardee Celtic have come out with a balls.ie - never one to miss an opportunity - retort after being left flabbergasted by a press release issued by the league in support of former FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.
The Louth club took it upon themselves to release their own statement this evening outlining that the views expressed in an NEFL prepared document, that backed the new Executive Vice President of the Football Association of Ireland, were not in step with their own.
Official Statement from Ardee Celtic Football Club pic.twitter.com/P3JJ13aipk
— Ardee Celtic F.C. (@ArdeeCeltic) March 29, 2019
Last night, the league vented their feelings over the media handling of events, after a dark couple of weeks for Irish football.
They said that whilst they were of the belief that free speech should always be respected, the presumed negativity surrounding the outgoing CEO has been a "prime example of the modern driven method of glorifying idiocy".
With regards to endorsing our support for the former FAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney. The North East Football League would like to pledge our association, and approval of the recent Press Release which was compiled by the four provincial associations, and the junior Committee of the FAI.
The lengthy statement went on to outline the major transformation of the FAI under his fourteen year leadership, and the collective appreciation displayed in this manner for those great efforts (way beyond the call of duty in a lot of cases) on all our behalf at grassroots level, coming at a time when a relentless imbalanced negative campaign has been orchestrated by sections of the media, who in some instances quite bizarrely gave a prominent feature to approx. 30 or so misguided individuals who during their attendance at the recent home tie v Georgia tried to disrupt proceedings by throwing Tennis Balls on to the pitch. They represented less than .001 pre cent of the overall crowd making a statement that could be described as moronic, and despite the vast majority of fair minded people would formulate views.to the contrary it still received massive disproportionate exposure.
The statement was attributed to league secretary Gerry Gorman.
Ardee Celtic is purported to be the biggest club in Mid-Louth, with a proud tradition of providing a launch pad for underage participants in particular. Their Senior Men's side currently plays in the NEFL Premier Division.