FAI will not take any action over ‘anti-English’ motivational video

The video, played to the Republic of Ireland squad in the build-up to the friendly with England, prompted an investigation by the governing body.

England v Republic of Ireland – International Friendly – Wembley Stadium
England v Republic of Ireland – International Friendly – Wembley Stadium

The Football Association of Ireland has concluded its probe into the video message shown to the Republic of Ireland squad before last week’s friendly against England and now “considers the matter closed”.

The video, reportedly ‘anti-English’ and used as a motivational tool, prompted an investigation by the governing body.

But the FAI has accepted the explanations of manager Stephen Kenny and some of his staff and players, and has now drawn a line under the incident.

England v Republic of Ireland – International Friendly – Wembley Stadium
The Republic of Ireland were beaten 3-0 at Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)

An FAI statement read: “Earlier this week issues regarding content shared with the senior Ireland men’s team ahead of the recent friendly against England at Wembley Stadium were brought to the attention of the FAI.

“Following this development, the FAI decided it was appropriate to look into the matter. Since then the FAI has had discussions with a number of staff members and players, including the team manager, Stephen Kenny.

“The Board has accepted the explanations provided and considers that the matter is now closed.”

England won the match at Wembley 3-0.

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