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FIFA World Cup: Ireland apologizes for players’ chant after World Cup qualifier

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FIFA World Cup: Ireland apologizes for singing IRA anthem – The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and national team boss Vera Pauw apologized…

FIFA World Cup: Ireland apologizes for singing IRA chant The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and national team boss Vera Pauw apologized on Wednesday for players singing a song referencing the IRA after they beat Scotland 1-0 to qualify for the Women’s World Cup finals for the first time. Follow FIFA World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

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FIFA World Cup: Ireland apologizes for players’ chant after World Cup qualifier

Video posted on social media after the game on Tuesday showed the squad singing “Oh oh, up the ‘RA”a song in support of the paramilitary Irish Republican Army that sought to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

“The first thing in our team is respect for the people around us,” Ireland’s Dutch manager Pauw told Sky Sports, adding that a shadow had been cast over their qualification for next year’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

“We did something that hurt people, and that’s no excuse that we didn’t mean to hurt anybody. That’s no excuse for us celebrating.”

Pauw said the players were devastated and he was the one who posted the video “crying in her room because she hurt people and she never meant it”.

FIFA World Cup: Ireland apologizes for players’ chant after World Cup qualifier

Pauw said she was not in the dressing room and, as a foreign coach, would not have been aware of what was being chanted even if she had been, but took full responsibility regardless. “It’s wrong, we shouldn’t have done it and we will never do it again,” she said.

The FAI apologized in a statement for any offense caused after the match at Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium.

Defender Chloe Mustaki said the whole team felt embarrassed.

“There was quite a lot going on in the dressing room for such a big moment and lots of different songs being played left, right and centre, so we’re incredibly embarrassed.” she said.

“We meant no harm on our part, so we truly apologize for that.”

FIFA World Cup: Ireland apologizes for players’ chant after World Cup qualifier

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