Republic of Ireland assistant manager Liam Brady is severely critical of FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The Republic were beaten by France in their play-off by a goal which should have been disallowed due to Thierry Henry's handball and FIFA president Blatter this week revealed that the Republic were bidding to be installed as a 33rd team at the World Cup.
Brady claimed the Football Association of Ireland, having already had calls for a replay rejected, had expected FIFA to consider the '33rd team' request in private, rather than go public with it.
"He's a bit of a loose cannon. He's an embarrassment to FIFA," Brady told Sky Sports News.
Explaining the decision to approach FIFA and ask to be included in the World Cup draw, Brady revealed the FAI knew the request was likely to be dismissed.
He said: "I think when we asked for that we knew there was very little chance of that happening.
"We asked because we wanted to have them respond in a measured way, and see what they had to say.
"After all Mr Blatter was responsible for the (match) official.
"He didn't say anything about the appalling mistake the official made to miss a blatant handball."