The FIFA Women's World Cup trophy is displayed during the opening press conference for the competition, Thursday June 4, 2015, in Vancouver, British Colubmia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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In the midst of an escalating financial scandal, FIFA admitted Thursday to giving Ireland $5 million in compensation for missing a place at the 2010 World Cup after Thierry Henry's handball set up France's winning goal.FIFA disclosed the payment after the money was mentioned in a radio interview by Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney. Blatter, who has headed FIFA since 1998, was re-elected to a fifth term last Friday despite criminal investigations into FIFA that included U.S. criminal charges against executive committee members and arrests at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.The FAI responded to the FIFA statement by calling the payment a "legal settlement agreement" rather than a loan and saying it was 5 million euros not 5 million dollars, as FIFA said.Delaney said Ireland was threatening to sue FIFA unless it received compensation, either through an exceptional entry for its team into the 2010 competition or financial compensation.
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