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FAI investigating video shown to Ireland squad before England game | Football News

The FAI has launched an investigation “as a matter of urgency” into a video shown to Republic of Ireland players ahead of their recent friendly against England at Wembley.

Members of the governing body will meet on Thursday night to discuss issues surrounding the video, which is believed to contain sensitive content.

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.

“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.”

Ireland avoided relegation to Nations League C this week by holding Bulgaria to a 0-0 draw in Dublin as they completed 2020 without a win, the first time they have been winless in a calendar year since 1971.

While the draw was enough to avoid relegation, it is not likely to be enough to see Ireland keep their place in pot 2 for the World Cup qualifying draw on December 7.

These are decided on FIFA rankings, which is expected to go down from their current 20th spot at the end of the month and put them into the more difficult pot 3.


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