FAI And Vera Pauw Apologise Ab...


FAI And Vera Pauw Apologise About Pro-IRA Song During Celebrations

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

04:22 12 Oct 2022

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The FAI has apologised for a pro-IRA song sung by players in the dressing room after their World Cup qualification last night.

The women's national team manager has also apologised.

The FAI and Ireland Women’s National Team Manager Vera Pauw have issued a statement regarding a video that circulated on social media this morning.

In the video the women's football team can be seen singing a Republican chant in their locker room after last night's win.

Manager Vera Pauw has made a public apology on behalf of the team.

The FAI released this statement: "The Football Association of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Ireland Women’s National Team Manager Vera Pauw apologise for any offence caused by a song sung by players in the Ireland dressing room after the FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Play-off win over Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday night."

Ireland manager Vera Pauw says: "We apologise from the bottom of our hearts to anyone who has been offended by the content of the post-match celebrations after we had just qualified for the World Cup."We will review this with the players and remind them of their responsibilities in this regard. I have spoken with players this morning and we are sorry collectively for any hurt caused, there can be no excuse for that."

Last night the football team won their World Cup qualifying match against Scotland at Hampden Park.

They beat their competitors 1-nil after Donegal native Amber Barrett scored the winning goal, 18 minutes from time.

This is the first time the Republic of Ireland women’s team has qualified for the World Cup finals in their history.

The finals will take place in Australia and New Zealand next summer, with the draw to take place on Saturday week.

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