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FIFA Charge McClean & O’Neill Following Criticism Of Referee

31 August 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill shakes hands with James McClean, during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Abbotstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

Martin O’Neill and James McClean have been charged by FIFA over comments relating to the referee following Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Austria last week, according to RTÉ.  David Fernández Borbalán was heavily criticised by the duo following Shane Duffy’s disallowed goal that would have seen Ireland go clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, with Wales having also drawn …

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Could Zachary Elbouzedi Benefit From League of Ireland Move?

Last week, Irish starlet Zachary Elbouzedi was released by West Bromwich Albion after failing to break into the first team at the Hawthorns. Elbouzedi has often been described as one of the most exciting prospects at development level in England but somehow did not seem to fit into the midland club’s plans. Having joined the club in 2014 from Malahide …

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Harry Arter Opens Up On The Heartbreaking Loss Of His Daughter

Republic of Ireland Press Conference, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 6/6/2017 Harry Arter

Ireland midfielder Harry Arter has opened up on the tragic stillbirth of his daughter Renee in December 2015. Writing in the extremely popular Players Tribune series, the Bournemouth man candidly, and heartbreakingly, shares the moment that he was told his baby had not survived in the womb. “I was gone maybe five minutes. “When I came back to the room, …

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The Pros And Cons To The Continued Selection Of Glenn Whelan

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Glenn Whelan

Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Austria on Sunday brought with it many criticisms of Martin O’Neill’s team selection. One of the individuals in question yet again was Glenn Whelan. Whelan did not necessarily have a bad game on Sunday and did produce some good defensive play and anchored the midfield. However, he was anonymous at times and and offered Ireland very …

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‘Lucky For Us He Was A Spanish Referee’ Austrian Defender Thinks Duffy ‘Goal’ Should Have Been Allowed

Austria just about kept their hopes of World Cup qualification alive on Sunday night, securing a point against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva. The game finished 1-1, as a first-half goal from Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger was cancelled out by a volley from the Republic’s Jonathan Walters in the 85th minute. Austria moved to eight points and they …

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Ireland Were Once Again Crippled By Fear Factor

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 11/6/2017 Ireland vs Austria The Ireland team Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

If you had offered Republic of Ireland supporters the chance to be placed joint top of their World Cup qualifying group with Serbia on twelve points after six games they would have bitten your hand off. But supporting the Irish football team is sort of like watching the film Groundhog Day and despite the promising group position, the same questions …

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