Mandy Johnston: Yes, the FAI bagged us €5m from FIFA, but at a cost to our dignity
'Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself' - Othello.
Football has its own family; the most important people in that family are the fans and the players. Everyone else is an outsider. If you get that, you get football.
For true believers, those involved in the administration of the beautiful game are just an inconsequential but necessary evil. There is, however, the tiny matter of our reputation on the world stage. How we abide by the rules and how we represent ourselves abroad is something fans care about.