DUBLIN, April 24 (Reuters) - Dublin football club Shelbourne FC said on Monday it had cancelled a meeting with controversial lawyer Giovanni di Stefano after a storm of media interest, but it would chase up a number of new potential offers.Shelbourne chief executive Ollie Byrne, in a letter to Di Stefano published on the club website, said he was 'astonished' the Anglo-Italian lawyer had spoken to the media before meeting the cash-strapped club over his interest in buying a stake. Di Stefano has been dubbed 'Devils' Advocate' by parts of the media for working with some of the world's most notorious figures, including Saddam Hussein and former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. He was interested in investing under £650,000 in Shelbourne. 'Regrettably, I do not believe that it is now possible for me to take your expression of interest any further,' Byrne said in his letter. They had been due to meet late on Monday. Shelbourne, joint-second in Ireland's Premier League, were champions in 2003 and 2004, when they also narrowly missed a place in the Champions League group stages after a defeat by Spain's Deportivo Coruna. 'I'm coming to Ireland for clients in prison, and Shelbourne is only a bonus if it happens,' Di Stefano told Reuters in a text message en route to Dublin. 'In any case, there are other clubs,' he added. Di Stefano is this week meeting two of his clients, convicted drug dealer John Gilligan and Patrick 'Dutchy' Holland, the man named in court as killing journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996. Holland denies any link to the killing. When news of his interest in Shelbourne broke last week, Di Stefano said his controversial reputation might help Shelbourne get the exposure it needs. Shelbourne appeared to confirm that on Monday. 'The media response to the letter from Mr Di Stefano has prompted significant interest in the club,' said the statement. 'All these approaches will be pursued.'