Changes to FAI board will benefit Irish football says Quinn

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The interim deputy CEO of the FAI, Niall Quinn has defended a contentious reform the association will propose at this month's EGM.

The proposal will suggest the composition of the FAI board be altered to have six directors elected from football constituencies and another six independent directors.

Currently, there is eight elected and four independent directors overseeing the association.

The proposal is one of the conditions put in place by the Government in order to receive an €18 million state bailout.

Some members of the FAI National Council have voiced concerns but Mr Quinn believes that the reform will benefit Irish football.

"The hysteria that has been out there on this six v six has taken away from what is at the very heart of this. There is nothing wrong in having a couple of really experienced football people as part of the six independents and therefore you remove the barrier of six v six," said Mr Quinn.

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