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Ireland football team fined €20,000 for song referencing IRA

After qualifying for the World Cup, Ireland’s football association was hit hard by Raucous celebrations that reference the IRA from the women’s team. It cost them EUR20,000.

After beating Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park, October, the team was captured on camera singing ““.

The video circulated online and showed a group playing “Ooh! ah, up Ra” – a chant that is associated with Irish Republican Army (IRA) support.

After an investigation, it was determined that the behavior was a violation of “basic rules of decent conduct”.


UEFA stated in a statement that the decision was made after an investigation by a UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector.

The FAI apologized for any offense caused by the dressing room incident at the time the video was made public.

Vera Pauw, Coach: “We apologise to everyone who was offended by the content post-match celebrations after our qualification for the World Cup.

“We will discuss this with the players, and remind them about their responsibilities.

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Ireland women’s players’sorry’ for any harm caused by IRA song

The history of the World Cup for Ireland’s women’s team

“I spoke with players this morning. We are sorry for any harm caused. There can be no excuse.”

After Amber Barrett scored the goal that tied the game in 72 minutes, Ireland was qualified for the World Cup.


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