'compo' not much to samba about
So Ireland gets a friendly against Brazil in London as "part compensation" (RTE website, Friday) for the controversial World Cup play-off defeat in Paris.
How exactly does this work, then?
The fixture, it seems, is the property of event promoters, Kentaro. And the gift they bequeath Ireland's grief-stricken supporters is a Tuesday night friendly in March on the far side of the Irish Sea.
The GAA insist a 'cut-price' Croke Park was available. The FAI argue that the venue was, ultimately, not their call.
So north London it is. Flights, accommodation, time off work. And it's called "compensation". Lovely.