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'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.

Irish Independent