Conan Byrne says he feels sorry for the staff in the FAI amid the ongoing concern with governance of the association.
A Special Meeting of the association's national council on Friday saw delegates agree to work within the terms of the controversial Memorandum of Understanding, which had previously been agreed with the government to deal with the FAI's financial situation.
And speaking on this week's RTÉ Soccer Podcast, the former UCD and St Pat's winger said that his thoughts are with those workers.
"Do you know who I really feel for is the people working for the FAI," he told host Damien O'Meara.
"People working in grassroots, the regional development officers, people working in international set-ups, underage set-ups.
"That's who I really feel sorry for because their names are being dragged through the mud and it's not fair on them. They've worked so, so hard over the last decade in their lines of work.
"I think their names and reputations have been tarnished by people who haven't helped them out."
Looking more broadly at Friday's events, Byrne feels that the meeting brought some positivity for Irish soccer.
"I think Roy Barrett (Independent Chair of the FAI) steadied the ship on Friday," he continued.
"At the end of the day, without these new reforms football in this country is more or less dead.
"The sticking point was the six elected football directors, and the six independent directors. And it just seems that a lot of people want a seat at this table going forward.
"I think the bailout will be approved, and we start moving forward in a positive and constructive way."
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