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True cost of landing Trapattoni is the very integrity of Irish football

The acceptance of money by the FAI reveals how small-minded and petty the organisation still is, writes Daniel McConnell

Published 17/02/2008 | 00:00

Ahead of Steve Staunton's appointment, John Delaney, the FAI Chief Executive, used the words "world class manager". As we all know Staunton wasn't world class or anything near it, but his successor certainly is. However, his appointment is shamefully tarnished by a deal that has not only cheapened Irish football, but has brought the probing eyes of world soccer bosses upon our emerald isle.

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While there is no doubting Giovanni Trapattoni's pedigree and his record, and while his appointment has excited the country's fans out of their five-year slump, the controversial subsidy by businessman Denis O'Brien has landed our perennially fumbling football association in hot water once again.

The Sunday Independent can exclusively reveal that FIFA is now investigating the FAI and its deal with O'Brien.

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