The IFA appear to be on collision course with The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure after the appointment of David Martin as Deputy President.
Martin, a former treasurer of the association has been voted in as one of the body’s new deputy presidents along with Linfield’s Jack Grundie, the NI Football League chairman.
The development comes three years after Martin’s resignation in the wake of the sacking of former President Howard Wells.
The controversial procedure reportedly cost the IFA £500,000 in compensation. Martin and Kennedy were subsequently removed from office. Nelson McCausland, who was Sports Minister at the time insisted the organisation was ‘not fit for purpose’.
With Martin back in office - he had the unanimous backing of the IFA Council - the £25million upgrade of Windsor Park could now come under threat.
Before the new development, DCAL and a section of the Northern Ireland supporters had expressed concern.
Incredibly, Martin was unsuccessful on previous occasions, having failed a competency test three times. It was put in place as a criteria for occupying senior office at that time. However, that vehicle has since been removed by IFA officers.
DCAL have now indicated that future public funding provided to the IFA may be put in jeopardy following Martin’s appointment.
A strongly worded statement read: ‘The recent changes to those seeking election to senior position was a retrograde step and potentially breaches existing funding agreements between the Department and the IFA for development costs associated with the redevelopment of Windsor Park.
“The Department will... apply appropriate measures to protect any current and future public funding provided to the IFA.”