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Eire apologise for gamers’ track after World Cup qualifier

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The Soccer Affiliation of Eire (FAI) and nationwide staff supervisor Vera Pauw apologised on Wednesday for gamers singing a track referencing the IRA after they beat Scotland 1-0 and certified for the ladies’s World Cup finals for the primary time.

A video posted on social media after the match on Tuesday confirmed the squad singing “Ooh ah, up the ‘RA”, a track supportive of the paramilitary Irish Republican Military that sought to finish British rule in Northern Eire.

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“The very first thing in our staff is respect for the individuals round us,” Eire’s Dutch supervisor Pauw informed Sky Sports activities.

“We have now carried out one thing that harm individuals and it is no excuse that we didn’t imply to harm anybody. It isn’t an excuse that we had been celebrating.”

Pauw stated the gamers had been devastated and the one who posted the video was “crying in her room as a result of she harm individuals and she or he by no means meant it.”

Pauw stated she was not within the dressing room and, as a international coach, wouldn’t have been conscious what was sung even when she had been however took full duty regardless.

“It is unsuitable, we should not have carried out it and we’ll by no means do it once more,” she stated.

The FAI apologised in an announcement for any offence brought about after the match at Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium.

Defender Chloe Mustaki stated the complete squad felt embarrassed.

“There was rather a lot happening within the altering room in such a significant second and there have been a lot of completely different songs being placed on left, proper and centre so we’re extremely embarrassed,” she stated.

“We did not imply any harm on our finish so we do actually apologise for that.”

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