FAI abandons plans for minute silence in memory of Louis Kilcoyne due to fears of Shamrock Rovers fan protest

Late former FAI president will be honoured at Ireland's next international friendly after passing away following a short illness
The late Louis Kilcoyne will not be remembered with a minute silence during this weekend's Airtricity League programme due to fears that Shamrock Rovers fans would interrupt it.

Kilcoyne, a former FAI president, died on Sunday after a short illness and was a controversial figure among Shamrock Rovers supporters. It is understood that the FAI opted not to ask League of Ireland clubs to pay tribute to Kilcoyne after suggestions that unhappy Hoops would disrupt the proposed ceremony reports the Irish Independent.

The Kilcoyne family owned the Dublin club for almost two decades and although their tenure yielded many trophies it ended in acrimony when they authorised the sale of Glenmalure Park in 1987. Rovers entered a slump for the next 20 years which only recently came to an end with the move to Tallaght Stadium and Hoops supporters never forgave him.

Instead of a minute silence at Irish grounds around the country, there will be a similar ceremony conducted at the Aviva Stadium in May when Ireland play Bosnia-Herzegovina in a friendly.

Kilcoyne is best remembered for organising a Shamrock Rovers XI to take on Brazil in a 1972 friendly in a thrilling game which ended 4-3 to the then world champions. He later went on to become the president of the FAI and vice president of the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Chief executive of the FAI, John Delaney, paid tribute to Kilcoyne saying: "Louis was always involved in football from his earliest days at Breffni Utd through to national and international level.

"We will mark his passing along with other members of the football family at the forthcoming Bosnia match in Aviva Stadium. My thoughts and prayers at this this time are with his wife Theresa, his son Giles, daughter Jane and all other family members."