Given lambasts seed system as Ireland land France tie

GOALKEEPER Shay Given has hit out once again over Fifa&rsquo;s decision to seed the play-offs after his Republic of Ireland side were handed the toughest possible draw in their bid to qualify for the World Cup.<br /><br />Giovanni Trapattoni&rsquo;s side take on 1998 world champions France in a two-legged play-off on 14 and 18 November with the winner taking their place in South Africa next summer.<br /><br />Ninth in the world rankings and with a wealth of stars to choose from, France headed the list of the four seeded teams and were undoubtedly the ones to avoid.<br /><br />And Manchester City keeper Given, who launched a scathing attack on the seeding system a fortnight ago, remains angry at the decision.<br /><br />&ldquo;The seeding thing is totally unfair,&rdquo; Given said. &ldquo;As one of the smaller countries, it is hard enough to qualify at the best of times. To change the rules a couple of weeks before the end of the campaign is ridiculous. But that is what they have done. I do think it is very unfair.<br /><br />&ldquo;But we went to Bari and got a result. There is great belief that we can go to these big nations and get results.<br /><br />Trapattoni added: &ldquo;These games are like cup finals. We have come through the qualification group and are one of only five teams with an unbeaten record. That will give us self-belief.&rdquo;