The FAI has reiterated that the €100,000 bridging loan they received from chief executive John Delaney "was made in the best interests" of the association.

Delaney previous confirmed that he gave a "bridging loan" to the association in April 2017 to help it through what he referred to as a short-term cash flow problem.

In a statement issued on behalf of Delaney, the FAI said that the money was repaid in full to the chief executive in June of that year. Delaney further added that the loan was "a matter of timing," and that it had no impact on the full financial position or performance of the FAI for the year.

The FAI has since released a separate statement on Monday, reiterating that the loan was given during a time when the association was experiencing a short-term cash flow issue.

An FAI spokesman said: "The FAI is currently undertaking a full review of its executive governance and senior management structures.

"This review will be completed and all actions approved by early April when a full press conference will be held to reveal all outcomes.

"In the meantime, the association reiterates that the bridging loan was made in the best interests of the FAI in 2017 when it experienced a short-term cash flow issue.

"The Board of the FAI has been kept fully informed in relation to this matter at all times."

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