FAI boss will not face questions from parliamentary committee

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Image caption TDs are due to decide on Wednesday whether to call Mr Delaney to answer questions before the committee

Members of an Irish parliamentary committee have voted against bringing the FAI's chief executive in to answer questions over a 5m euros payment from Fifa.

John Delaney wrote to TDs (MPs) to disclose details of the payment.

It follows the revelation that Fifa paid the FAI 5m euros (£3.6m) after France controversially beat Ireland in a World Cup play-off.

The committee was told it was beyond their remit to investigate the payment.

Mr Delaney had sent a letter to members of the transport, tourism and sport committee ahead of their decision on Wednesday.

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Image caption France striker Thierry Henry handled the ball in the build-up to the goal which ended the Republic of Ireland's hopes of reaching the 2010 World Cup

The FAI believed it had a case against Fifa after French striker Thierry Henry's handball in the build-up to a decisive goal in the 2009 match in Paris which caused Ireland to miss the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

In light of what happened, a deal was made to drop a claim against Fifa.

The payment from Fifa to the IFA was agreed in 2010.

Fifa said it entered into an agreement with the IFA to "put and end to any claims" against it.

Fifa is facing criminal investigations after allegations of "systemic and deep-rooted" corruption within the organisation, and its president Sepp Blatter is stepping down.

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