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Ex-French boss blasts €5m loan as 'disgraceful'

Former French international manager Raymond Domenech has expressed his disbelief at the €5m settlement agreed between Fifa and the FAI over the 2010 World Cup playoff fiasco.

Domenech was France's head coach as his nation defeated Ireland over two legs - with the aid of Thierry Henry's handball - to reach the 2010 World Cup finals.

"It's not possible that they might have sacrificed the possibility of a solution to go and play a World Cup for €5m.

"I hope now that the Irish players, when they learn this, that they demand some of the money - because it was their qualification that was at stake.

"On a sporting level, it's disgraceful - unacceptable - that you might sacrifice that for money.

Meanwhile Ireland international Keith Andrews described the settlement as "hush money", rather then a loan. "Disbelief and disgust is the two words that have popped up in my head since this news broke.

"The fans and country as a whole could hold our heads up high after the handball incident.

"But now we are going to be tarred with the same brush as Fifa," he said.

"This does not sit well with me. I would not have taken a penny from them.

"To take the money from them was wrong," Keith Andrews added.