Sepp Blatter told to 'move on' by Irish FA chief after Fifa president 'stared for seven or eight seconds' at girlfriend

John Delaney tells of time the Fifa president stared at his partner for 'seven or eight seconds'

Simon Rice
Friday 05 June 2015 09:32
Sepp Blatter (L) speaks next to presenter Fernanda Lima
Sepp Blatter (L) speaks next to presenter Fernanda Lima

Sepp Blatter has to be asked to "move on" by John Delaney, the chief executive of the Irish FA, after the Fifa president spent "seven or eight seconds" staring at his girlfriend.

Delaney, who today confirmed that the Irish FA were paid a sum of money by world football's governing body to not pursue legal action over Theirry Henry's handball in a World Cup qualifier, recounted the bizarre incident during an interview on the The Ray D'Arcy Show.

"He met Emma, my partner, in Vienna recently," said Delaney

"He stared at her for seven or eight seconds and he said, 'I approve of your new girlfriend'.

"I asked him to move on, move on please.

"She is a great girl, I love her very much, it was an extraordinary moment. If she was here she would tell you herself. He stared at her and I said 'move on' and he did."

The Fifa president announced earlier this week that he would be standing down from his position amid the allegations of widespread corruption and bribery in football's most powerful organisation.

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