Irish Football Association chiefs will arrive back in Belfast on Wednesday to face another row over the release of government funding for the redevelopment of Windsor Park.
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) had pledged £25million to renovate the ground and work was due to start in February next year.
However, the Sports Minister, Carla Ni Chuilin has said she will not sign off on any agreement until the IFA had “appropriate governance.”
The Minister said in the Stormont Assembly on Tuesday: “I need to be assured the appropriate governance and accountability structures have been maintained.
“Until that happens, I can’t sign off on any agreement.”
The controversy centres on the appointment last week of David Martin, an Amateur League official, as vice-president of the IFA.
Martin was forced to resign from the same post three years ago and had subsequently failed a suitability test for senior officials.
The IFA, however, scrapped that requirement for suitability assessments earlier this year.
Martin was forced to stand down in 2010 as a result of his role in the unfair dismissal of the then IFA chief executive, Howard Wells, something which cost the association £500,000. Then president, Raymond Kennedy also had to stand down.
On Tuesday night IFA chief executive, Patrick Nelson, would not confirm if Martin’s job would be in jeopardy as a result of the Minister’s statement.
However, Nelson did tell the News Letter: “We will resolve all outstanding matters expediently, we will get a funding agreement signed and we will get on with the important job of building a stadium.
“I think the stadium will go ahead. We will get on with delivering the benefits we have been planning to.”
IFA President Jim Shaw added: “You would expect government to say that in any negotiations. I can’t tell you, at this stage, how we can offer any reassurance. We will get there with reassurance, I am confident of that.”
In her statement, Minister Ní Chuilín said: “Any organisation that’s in receipt of funding from government, regardless which department that comes from, have an appropriate responsibility to ensure governance is upheld.
“DCAL are working with the IFA to review the implications of the recent changes to their Articles of Association and I need to be assured that the appropriate governance and accountability structures have been maintained which fully meet the needs of DCAL.
“Until that happens I won’t be signing off on any agreement regarding the redevelopment of Windsor Park until I receive that assurance.”