Posted June. 26, 2015 08:52,
At the national soccer friendly match between Argentina and Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Ireland on August 12, 2010, few fouls were witnessed. Back then, it was expected that the inferior Ireland national team would go on all-out offensive. Argentine Gabriel Heinze (former AS Roma) was in fact the only player who was warned during the 90-minute match.
Several months prior to the match, Ireland had to unfairly give up its chance to go up to the finals as the goal that Thierry Henry made with his hand was counted at the playoff match against France for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Having felt great shock for the time being, the Ireland players had another chance to win the match with lifted fighting spirit. The match, however, was not intense at all.
It is reported that the Argentine Football Association was the mastermind of the unexpectedly-unthrilling match. Citing an Argentine daily newspaper La Nación, Diario AS, a Spanish daily sports newspaper, reported on Thursday that Julio Grondona, former president of the Argentine Football Association, bribed 10,000 U.S. dollars to each Ireland player not to injure Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, photo). La Nación added that some 5 million dollars insurance was required for Messi to run for the match and Grondona came up with the idea instead of purchasing the insurance. With the winning goal scored by Ángel Di María (Manchester United), Argentina won the match 1-0 and Messi was substituted in 13 minutes of the second half.
The Football Association of Ireland completely refutes the allegations made about the Republic of Ireland vs. Argentina friendly match in La Nacion as baseless. We are consulting our legal advisers in relation to the article, and will be taking further steps, the association disproved the claims.