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Ireland Charged By UEFA For ‘Tennis Ball Protest’

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D, Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar 23/3/2019 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland FAI Chief Executive John Delaney during the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

UEFA have officially opened disciplinary proceedings against the FAI following a fan protest during Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Georgia. 

Ireland’s win over the Georgians and the performance that came with it saw the nation’s support come away with quite a lot to be happy about.

Despite the narrow margin of their wins over both Georgia and Gibraltar, the first two games of Mick McCarthy’s second stint as Irish coach have seen them pick up maximum points – placing them at the top of Group D.

Of course, the bigger threats to their hopes of qualifying of the EURO 2020 will come in the future but for what it’s worth, six points from a possible six is nothing to complain about.

However, during the game itself, the Irish fans staged a protest in which they threw dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in response to the news that FAI chief-executive John Delaney would be continuing his role within the association.

Delaney is set to appear in front of Irish MP’s next month to explain a loan given to the FAI two years ago in an effort to help with a short-term cash-flow issue.

Now, it appears as though UEFA will be disciplining the FAI for the incident concerning the tennis-balls (via RTE).


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