No chance Ireland will be at 2010 World Cup: FIFA

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke ruled out any chance of Ireland playing at the 2010 World Cup after the Irish asked to be allowed to compete as a 33rd team

updated: December 02, 2009 14:13 IST
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Cape Town:

Any slim hopes Ireland still harboured of competing at the 2010 World Cup were finally snuffed out on Tuesday with FIFA saying there was no way they would take part as a 33rd team.

In a desperate last ditch bid to salvage a place in this week's draw, the Irish FA approached FIFA several days ago and asked to be admitted as a 33rd team with another side, possibly Costa Rica, being added as a 34th.

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