FIFA bribed the Irish Soccer Federation in 2009 so that it would drop their plans for a legal appeal. The conflict arose from a controversial score which sealed the goal differential in France's favor and resulted in Ireland's exit. The goal was scored when France's Thierry Henry, directed the ball with his hand. The controversy was fueled when Henry admitted using his hand. Ireland threatened to take legal action and demanded a replay of the game. That position lasted for 5 minutes.
FIFA so much for the love of soccer. FIFA and the Irish deprived the Irish fans the excitement of watching their team play. Both organizations screwed the local economy; supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, uniform manufacturers, airlines, and retailers amongst others. Emotionally they deprived the fans from getting together with family and friends; and the simple and basic happiness a World Cup brings.
The "loan"-bribe was later forgiven, and the Irish Federation no longer obligated to pay.