Friday 2 December 2016

FAI did right over Henry handball

Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00

Given the emotion that surrounded Ireland's World Cup exit last November, it was understandable that the FAI would put every possible solution to FIFA in a bid to resolve the issues caused by Thierry Henry's handball.

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If Robert Sullivan (Letters, June 23) is still suffering from embarrassment at the events of last November, then he is in a very small minority and has obviously never found himself negotiating at a high level. Accommodations are reached in all walks of life and if Israel can be a member of UEFA, Australia can qualify for the World Cup as an Asian country and, closer to home, Galway and Antrim can play in the Leinster Hurling Championship, then surely anything is possible.

The suggestion made by the FAI took up just a few moments of what they understood was a 90-minute confidential meeting and this was subsequently admitted by FIFA president Sepp Blatter when he apologised the day after for his breach of confidence.

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