Irish footballers fined €20,000 for singing song referencing IRA at World Cup celebration | world news

Loud celebrations referencing the women’s team IRA after World Cup qualifying cost the Irish Football Association €20,000.

The team was filmed sing the song after beating Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park in October.

The video, which circulated on social media, showed a group of players jumping and singing “Ooh, ah, up the Ra” – a chant associated with support for the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

UEFA have fined the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) €20,000 after an investigation found the behavior amounted to a “breach of fundamental rules of decent conduct”.

In a statement, UEFA said the decision was made after an investigation by a UEFA Ethics and Discipline Inspector.

At the time the video was revealed, the FAI apologized “for any offense caused” for the locker room incident.

Coach Vera Pauw said: “We apologize from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who was offended by the content of the post-match celebrations as we had just qualified for the World Cup.

“We will review this with the players and remind them of their responsibilities in this regard.

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“I spoke with players this morning and we are collectively sorry for any injury caused, there is no excuse for this.”

Ireland qualified for their first World Cup after Amber Barrett came off the bench to score the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute.


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