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FAI backs Sepp to ensure Euro ally Platini handed top job in 2015

THE Football Association of Ireland (FAI) sided with UEFA and voted for the re-election of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president yesterday.

FAI chief executive John Delaney was strongly critical of Mr Blatter in the wake of Thierry Henry's controversial handball in November 2009 which denied Ireland a place in last summer's World Cup.

However, the FAI voted in line with the majority of their European counter-parts to ensure that Mr Blatter retains his post.

The widespread belief is that Mr Blatter has guaranteed UEFA chief Michel Platini that he will stand aside in 2015 to allow the Frenchman take over.

Therefore, Platini urged the European bloc to side with Mr Blatter -- although the English FA proposed an election postponement.

The FAI has a good relati-onship with Platini and was never going to go against his wishes. He was instrumental in bringing the Europa League final to Dublin.

Irish Independent