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Liam Brady Defends Infantino And FIFA In Heated RTE Discussion

Liam Brady Defends Infantino And FIFA In Heated RTE Discussion
By Colman Stanley Updated
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The RTE studio pundits were embroiled in a lively discussion prior to this afternoon's World Cup final, with Liam Brady and host Joanne Cantwell locking horns.

The conversation centred around the sportswashing issue that has overshadowed the Qatar World Cup, as well as the failings of FIFA and their president Gianni Infantino.

However, Liam Brady, often the contrarian, spoke positively about Infantino.

"Much more so than Sepp Blatter," replied Brady when asked whether he was happy with the FIFA president.

"It's a low bar in fairness," it's a low bar quipped Richie Sadlier.

"He's given the World Cup to Mexico, America, and Canada, I've just told you that," said Brady after being asked by Cantwell what good had Infantino done.

"And the vote was clean."

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"How do you know that?" asked the RTE host.

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"Well I do know it,"replied Brady. "Whose complaining about it Joanne? How many of the other countries who bid complained about how the vote went?

"It's going in the right direction."

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Didi Hamann also chipped in with his thoughts, and defended FIFA, praising them for the funds they give to FA's around the world.

"What we shouldn't forget, at the same time when we bash FIFA, that they do a lot of good things. Giving the World Cup to Qatar was a very controversial decision, the same as Russia, but why has he got that support, why has Infantino the support of the South American nations, the African nations, the Asian nations?

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"Because they do invest a lot of money, the money they gain through these World Cups, they invest all this money or a lot of money into these countries, and that's why he's got the support."

However, Sadlier was quick to point out that FIFA are working out of self-interest.

"Most people with very few exceptions in the world of football, football administrations or otherwise, act with self interest.

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"The unquestionable fact about this tournament is that people are dead because of it."

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