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Republic of Ireland boss faces investigation over ‘anti-English’ video shown to players

Written by on 20/11/2020

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny is facing an investigation after showing an “anti-English” video to his players prior to his team’s defeat at Wembley.

The Football Association of Ireland has said it is looking into the contents of the “motivational” film shared by Kenny prior to last week’s friendly, which Gareth Southgate’s England side won 3-0.

The pre-match video, which is reported to have included some political content, is said to have left a number of members of the Irish squad feeling uncomfortable.

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny (left) and England manager Gareth Southgate
Image: The Republic were defeated 3-0 by Gareth Southgate’s England side

The latest development is set to add to the pressure on Kenny after a lacklustre start to his time in charge.

He is still searching for his first win after eight games at the helm, including a penalty shoot-out defeat to Slovakia which ended hopes of qualifying for the delayed Euro 2020 finals.

His team have managed to score only once in 2020 – during a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in September.

The FAI said in a statement: “The Football Association of Ireland is aware of issues surrounding content shared with our Republic of Ireland senior men’s team ahead of the recent international friendly against England at Wembley Stadium.

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“The FAI is already looking into this internally as a matter of urgency, in order to establish the facts.

“The FAI has no further comment to make at this time.”

 Sky News

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