The Soccer Affiliation of Eire and the Republic of Eire ladies’s group supervisor Vera Pauw have apologised for a pro-IRA chant sung by gamers after the World Cup play-off win over Scotland.
Video emerged of the Republic of Eire ladies singing a pro-IRA chant following the World Cup play-off.
“We apologise from the underside of our hearts to anybody who has been offended by the content material of the post-match celebrations,” stated Pauw.
Pauw added there might be “no excuse”.
“We are going to overview this with the gamers and remind them of their duties on this regard,” continued the Republic of Eire boss in an FAI assertion.
“I’ve spoken with gamers this morning and we’re sorry collectively for any damage brought about.”
The footage confirmed group members chanting the pro-IRA slogan within the Hampden Park dressing room following their 1-0 win after Amber Barrett’s aim earned the aspect a spot at subsequent 12 months’s finals in Australia and New Zealand.
Talking later to the media, the Republic supervisor acknowledged that the controversy has “taken some shine off” of the group’s achievement in qualifying for a primary main match.
“We have to settle for that,” added the Dutch girl.
“That is one thing that goes very deep into the historical past of Eire. As quickly as you damage individuals, you do one thing flawed and we have executed one thing flawed right here.”
Pauw insisted that the discharge of the footage on social media by one of many squad was not the core situation, including the participant “was devastated and crying in her room”.
“I do not need to disguise behind that as a result of it she hadn’t put it on social media and I had been notified about it and the importance, then I’d have addressed it instantly.
“I’ve additionally advised her that placing in on social media is just not the most important factor.
“The largest factor is that’s has occurred. It does not matter in case you are in non-public room or a dressing room or in case you are outdoors.”
Squad member Aine O’Gorman stated the gamers needed to “reiterate” the supervisor’s apology.
“We would wish to apologise for that for anybody that was offended,” added O’Gorman.
Her team-mate Chloe Mustaki added that the gamers had been “extraordinarily sorry for the damage it is brought about”.
“A lapse in judgement within the second. We’re extraordinarily sorry and hopefully we are able to transfer previous it,” added Mustaki.