The FAI need to draw a line under Ireland's
World Cup qualifying bid before all goodwill drains away.
As was correctly pointed out by users on this morning's post, most Irish people just want to move on - it
is only the country's football
association that is continuing this futile fight.
They were royally screwed by Thierry Henry, but the tie is
over. History cannot and will not be rewritten.
FIFA have laughed the notion that Ireland
be included as a 33rd team in South
Africa out of the room, and rightly so.
It was logistically impossible, offered no deterrent
whatsoever to cheating (quite the opposite - the cheats and the cheated would
be perfectly happy as both would qualify) and would have set a ludicrous precedent
to every future team who were on the wrong end of a dodgy decision.
Costa Rica were already preparing to launch their own appeal
after some key calls went Uruguay's
way in their play-off, and an Irish success would have provoked dozens more
Liam Brady today blasted Sepp Blatter for revealing the FAI's demand for inclusion, branding the FIFA boss
revelation made the FAI look foolish, Brady said. And he was right - but only
because the request itself was so stupid.
It reminds ED of the aftermath of the 2000 US Presidential election. It
appeared Al Gore had been mugged by the state of Florida, and he initially won overwhelming
But as his chances of overturning the result faded and the
argument grew more rancorous and litigious, people just wanted him to give it a
rest and make a film about global warming instead.
If sympathy ran out for Gore when: a) He actually won
(maybe), and b) The stakes were rather higher than those in a game of football,
then it is little surprise that ED now has little time for the FAI's whingeing.
ED hopes FIFA's
latest refusal to budge brings and end to the sorry saga. And ED also promises to shut up about it.
Then we can all get on with the serious business of watching
Charlize Theron presenting the World Cup draw.
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