The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
LONDON - Ireland assistant manager Liam Brady described Sepp Blatter as "an embarrassment" yesterday after the Fifa president revealed that the Irish had asked to be the 33rd team at the 2010 World Cup finals.
Brady said the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) had expected Fifa to consider the request in private after Thierry Henry's handball helped earn France victory over Ireland in a World Cup playoff.
He expressed dismay that Blatter had chosen to make the request public in comments at the Soccerex football business conference in Johannesburg on Monday.
Brady told Sky Sports News: "He's a bit of a loose cannon, an embarrassment to Fifa. Mr Blatter is a law unto himself. It was very disrespectful how he presented this fact. He's ignored most of the things that went on that evening. He ignored the blatant handball."
Brady said the FAI had known the request to be allowed to join the 32-team finals was likely to be dismissed after their request for a replay was thrown out.
"We wanted to have them respond in a measured way, and see what they had to say."
Blatter, speaking ahead of Friday's World Cup draw, said Ireland's request would be brought to the attention of the executive committee, referring to the meeting of Fifa decision-makers starting today. - Sapa-AFP