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Delaney not drawn on FIFA payment
29 May 2015 11:11
FAI chief executive John Delaney said “an arrangement” with FIFA will remain “confidential for the moment” when asked about a reported €5million payment following the incident which led to the Republic of Ireland missing out on the 2010 World Cup.
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France defeated Ireland in a play-off match which saw Thierry Henry clearly foul through a hand ball in the build-up to the winning goal.
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The FAI requested that Ireland be permitted to the competition as a 33rd team following the error by the referee.
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Delaney told RTÉ this morning: “There was a legal case we had against FIFA at the time. There was an arrangement that was come to but it certainly wasn’t bestowing patronage to us.”
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Asked about what the arrangement was, Delaney said: “That is confidential for the moment but what I will say is that at no stage have we ever voted in favour of Blatter.
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“We have been consistent in that all through and I have as well. That is the bottom end of it. Today, like I said earlier, we will be voting against Blatter because he is not the man to lead FIFA going forward.”
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