“the result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed”

RTÉ reports FIFA’s official response to the FAI request to replay their World Cup play-off match against France. From the RTÉ report.

FIFA said in a statement: ‘FIFA has today 20 November 2009 replied to the request made by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to replay the 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off match held on 18 November 2009 between France and the Republic of Ireland in Paris. ‘In the reply, FIFA states that the result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed. As is clearly mentioned in the Laws of the Game, during matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final.’

Adds The BBC report the statement by the French Football Federation [FFF]

“The FFF understands the disappointment and bitterness of the Irish players, management and supporters,” read a statement. “The federation never sought to deny the refereeing error which saw the equalising French goal allowed. “At the end of the match and because French football itself has suffered in the past by events of a similar nature, the FFF management expressed their regrets and sympathy to their Irish counterparts. “During matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final. As a result, the result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed. “The Fifa decision is binding and applies to both federations.”