Republic of Ireland women's team fined over pro-IRA chants at Hampden

UEFA say the incident was 'a violation of the basic rules of decent conduct'.

Republic of Ireland women’s team fined £17,271 over pro-IRA chants after win over Scotland at Hampden SNS Group via SNS Group

The Republic of Ireland women’s football team have been fined £17,271 over pro-IRA chants during their post match celebrations at Hampden after beating Scotland in a World Cup playoff.

UEFA issued the fine to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) over the incident that took place in Glasgow following the 1-0 win on October 11.

The day after the game a video circulated online of the Ireland players singing the song, and UEFA confirmed on October 13 it was investigating the incident for potential inappropriate behaviour.

The governing body’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body (the CEBD) confirmed they had fined the FAI €20,000 (£17,271) on Thursday.

The charge was described as “a violation of the basic rules of decent conduct”.

The FAI and Ireland manager Vera Pauw apologised at the time over the incident.

Pauw said: “It’s quite right that it’s taken some shine off because this goes deep into the history of Ireland.

“It doesn’t matter if the players meant anything or not – because they didn’t mean anything with it – it’s a celebration that occurs, but that doesn’t mean that they (shouldn’t) realise what they’re doing. If it’s in a private room, it should not happen either.

“We’ve hurt people and we are very, very deeply sorry for that.”

A goal from Amber Barret was enough to end Scotland’s World Cup dream as she secured victory for the Irish.

Meanwhile the CEDB also ordered Romanian club FCSB to play their next home match in a UEFA competition behind closed doors and fined them 20,000 euros for the racist behaviour of their fans in a Europa Conference League match against West Ham on November 3.

Spanish side Sevilla were fined 5,000 euros (£4,319) and given a partial stadium closure order suspended for two years over the racist behaviour of their fans during a Champions League group match against Manchester City on November 2.

City condemned racist abuse directed at their player Rico Lewis during the match at the Etihad Stadium.

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