THE FAI has released a statement refuting allegations made in Argentinian newspaper La Nacion.
An article published in La Nacion states that former president of Argentine Football Association, Julio Grondona, said he agreed to pay all of ‘the Ireland players’ in the game to stop them tackling Lionel Messi.
That prompted the FAI to issue the following response. “The Football Association of Ireland completely refutes the allegations made about the Republic of Ireland v Argentina friendly match in La Nacion as baseless.
“The match in question was organised by Kentaro and announced by press release prior to the World Cup play offs in 2009. We are consulting our legal advisers in relation to the article, and will be taking further steps.”