FIFA paid FAI €5m after Henry handball goal

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In a week that has seen FIFA dominate the headlines, news has broken of another bombshell regarding the corporation.

In an interview with RTE, Football Association of Ireland executive John Delaney, has revealed that FIFA paid FAI €5m compensation in 2009 after the infamous Thierry Henry handball.

In the play-off to determine which of the two sides qualified for the 2010 World Cup, the Republic of Ireland were defeated by France courtesy of a Henry handball in the build-up to their winning goal.

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Ireland was so outraged by the incident, they considered taking legal action against FIFA.

In the end no court case ever took place after the FAI were awarded the compensatory fee.

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Then Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni said of the incident: “All European people saw the situation. I am sure that, if the referee had asked Henry, he would have admitted to the handball.

“I would prefer to go out on penalties than this. I am sad because the referee had the time to ask the linesman and Henry.

"I am upset for fair play because we are told many times about fair play. We didn’t change the rules three months ago.”

FIFA farce

This week has seen FIFA officials in Sweden arrested on charges of corruption by Swiss officials acting on behalf of the US government, and the resignation of FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

Those arrested were named as Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin and Nicolás Leoz.

The operation to end the 'cloud of corruption' took place as part of an investigation going back three decades with allegations dating back to the 1990’s.

The news of this FIFA payout to FAI will leave several England fans wondering just how much money the FA might have received if a similar payment was given to England’s governing body following Frank Lampard’s ‘goal that wasn’t’ against Germany in the 2010 World Cup.

Do you think the FAI were right to accept the €5m? What implications could this have for them? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below! 

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