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Keeper in blast; football ROUND-UP.

SHAY GIVEN Séamus John James "Shay" Given (born 20 April, 1976 in Lifford, County Donegal) is an Irish football goalkeeper who currently plays for Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland, and is regarded as one of the finest and most reliable keepers in the English game.  has once again condemned Fifa's decision to seed the World Cup play-offs after the REPUBLIC OF IRELAND were handed a daunting clash with 1998 winners France.

The Republic will play Raymond Domenech's side at Croke Park Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's biggest sporting organisation.  on Saturday, November 14 with the return leg in Paris the following Wednesday.

Given said: "The seeding thing is totally unfair. As one of the smaller countries, it is hard enough to qualify at the best of times."

EUROPEAN PLAY-OFF DRAW FOR WORLD CUP 2012: Nov 14: Republic Of Ireland v France, Portugal v Bosnia Herzegovina, Greece v Ukraine, Russia v Slovenia. Nov 18: France v Republic Of Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina Ukraine v Greece, Slovenia v Russia.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2009
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