O’Shea wanted replay not cash

Date published: Saturday 6th June 2015 4:06

O’Shea says it is a “ridiculous” to suggest that Irish player’s should have been handed a share of FIFA’s five million euros loan as compensation for missing out on the 2010 World Cup.

The 34-year-old defender insists that all he and his team-mates would have asked for in the wake of their Thierry Henry-inspired exit at the hands of France in the November 2009 play-offs was a replay and not money.

Speaking ahead of Ireland’s clash with England in Dublin on Sunday, O’Shea said: “For the French manager from that time to come out and say that now, it’s easy from his point of view. To come out and say that the players (should claim a share), it’s ridiculous.

“You are talking about what the players would have been looking for from that point of view. Ultimately, it was done and dusted, the game was over, but if there was going to be anything from it, it would have been, say, a replay.

“It wouldn’t have been a case of monetary benefits from that point of view. But look, the game was done and dusted and these things happen, as they say.”

O’Shea’s comments came after the FAI published a copy of the confidentiality agreement it signed with FIFA, which describes the cash payment as an “inducement”.

The document includes the paragraph: “On or before January 15, 2010, FIFA and FAI have entered into a loan agreement over 5million euros as an inducement for the FAI to enter into this agreement. Further, the FAI will receive an additional Goal Project in the amount of 400,000 US dollars than the one executed in 2009.”

Meanwhile, O’Shea says he would swap a win over England in Sunday’s friendly for three precious European qualifying points against Scotland next Saturday.

Ireland face England in Dublin for the first time since rioting English fans forced the abandonment of their last encounter in the city back in 1995, but O’Shea would rather focus on the more important upcoming clash with the Scots. 

He said: “Look, if the game didn’t go well for us against England and we beat Scotland, that’s what we are looking to do. Great if we beat England and we beat Scotland, but let’s not take our eye off the prize, as they say.

“It’s France, qualification and it’s a fantastic game to look forward to, the England game. But we need to get a result against Scotland.”

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