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Almost two-thirds of Joe Duffy's radio listeners say the FAI was wrong to accept $5m Fifa payment

Published 05/06/2015 | 14:27

'Our World Cup history is so brief that a moment like Paris is always going to live in the memory, especially for those who were present on that heartbreaking November night in Stade de France.' Photo: RTE
'Our World Cup history is so brief that a moment like Paris is always going to live in the memory, especially for those who were present on that heartbreaking November night in Stade de France.' Photo: RTE

The FAI were wrong to accept Fifa's $5m payment following the infamous Thierry Henry handball in 2009 according to the majority of Joe Duffy's radio listeners.

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There has been worldwide debate following confirmation by both FAI chief Executive John Delaney and Fifa that a payment was made by football's world governing body.

Delaney said the money was given so Ireland would not take  a legal case following the 2-1 defeat in Paris which denied Ireland a place in the 2010 World Cup. Fifa have said that it was a loan "for the construction of a national stadium" which was to be reimbursed if Ireland qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In a 10-minute text poll, broadcaster Joe Duffy asked RTE Radio One Liveline asked listeners whether the FAI was right to accept the payment from Fifa.

Duffy revealed that of the "thousands" that voted, 59pc felt the Association was wrong to accept the payment.

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