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Video: 'The Fifa payment saga is in the top five ludicrous FAI stories – and pushing for number one'

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane spoke to the press at Malahide today, but Fifa's $5m payment to the FAI has overshadowed Sunday's friendly international against England.

Irish Independent football writes Dan McDonnell and Dion Fanning of the Sunday independent were at the Ireland training base to discuss the Fifa payment which has cast the FAI in the global spotlight.

After Keane spoke to the gathered press, Fanning discussed the Corkman's tight-lipped answeres other than to make a quip at John Delaney's expense.

"Was he taking the company line?" Dion wondered, "It's quite hard to understand the party line on this story.

"It is the most remarkable and ludicrous story, in the top five of ludicrous FAI stories of which there is fierce, fierce competition.

This is really up there and heading for number one.

Dan referred to the EGM last year where Delaney was asked directly about a payment from Fifa.

"It was submitted to the FAI press office, along with a number of other queries which weren't answered.

This has been out there. The revelation is the confirmation. It has come out there at a time when the business of Fifa is the biggest news story in the world.

Online Editors

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