Hold the Back Page – Changes at FIFA and the FAI’s “hush money”

Neil Sherwin and Paul Little look at a whirlwind week in the world of FIFA and preview the Champions League Final, as well as Ireland’s clash with England.

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Having expected a quiet start to the offseason, the lads have been snowed under with all of the news regarding FIFA and begin by assessing the past week’s news, including the latest regarding a 5 million payment made to the FAI.

There’s talk about the roles being played by Chuck Blazer and Jack Warner, skepticism about Sepp Blatter’s resignation, and bemusement at why FIFA felt the need to give the Irish governing body any money at all.

Focus then switches to the on field action and there’s praise for Arsenal for claiming their second successive FA Cup, before the focus turns to this weekend’s friendly between Ireland and England in Dublin.

To round off, Neil and Paul offer their thoughts and predictions for the Champions League Final between Barcelona and Juventus in Berlin.

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