Brady calls FIFA payment to FAI ‘mind-boggling’

Liam Brady and (inset) John Delaney
Liam Brady and (inset) John Delaney

Liam Brady has said it was “mind-boggling” after reports of an ‘arbitrary’ FIFA payment to the FAI after the world governing body admitted paying them $5million as compensation for the infamous Thierry Henry handball in a World Cup play-off.

"It’s kind of mind-boggling, isn’t it?” said the legendary playmaker, who was assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni during the time of the defeat.

“I knew they were under pressure to kind of compensate us somehow after the incident in November 2009, but I didn’t realise that the FAI got as much money as they did.

"Certainly, none of the staff knew about it and none of the players knew about it at the time.

"I think FIFA are saying it is a loan to do with the Aviva Stadium from what I can gather. John Delaney is telling a different story.

“I’m sure this story is going to going to go on and on for a little bit longer."

Meanwhile, former chief executive of the FAI, Fran Rooney, has said that the whole affair reflects very badly on both FIFA and the FAI and has called for a detailed probe into what went on.

"It’s nonsensical to think that we had a case to take legal action,” he told RTE.

“All decisions in football are final, and it didn't stop us going to the World Cup - it stopped us from getting a penalty shootout with France.

"Confidential payments are at odds with transparency. This payment should have been disclosed at the time by FIFA and the FAI."

"In some ways it was a good deal, but it's not about the deal, it is about how it is presented and disclosed to the public and the international arena.

"It doesn’t seem to have been reflected in FAI accounts for a number of years. It is not clear where that money was showing in the accounts and I am calling on the FAI to show where that money is clearly in the accounts."