FAI Refutes Claims On Ireland V Argentina in 2010

FAI_CrestThe FAI says that it completely refutes the allegations that have been made about a friendly match between Ireland and Argentina in 2010. The La Nacion newspaper in Argentina has made a series of stunning claims surrounding the game, which was held at the Aviva Stadium in August 2010. The article alleges that the Irish players were paid 10-thousand dollars each not to injure Lionel Messi during the game, while it also suggests that the involvement of the Barcelona star was arranged by former Argentina FA president Julio Grondona as a way to appease the FAI over the Thierry Henry incident. However, the Association has described the claims as “baseless” – adding that the fixture was agreed long before the Henry incident and was arranged by a third party – the global marketing group, Kentaro. The Association also says it will be taking further action and is consulting it’s legal advisers.