Ireland’s Football Association have been fined £17,000 today after its women’s team sang a pro-IRA chant following a 1-0 win over Scotland in October, which qualified them for the World Cup tournament next year.
Ireland’s players were filmed dancing as they sang ‘Ooh ah, up the Ra’ after securing qualification to the their first ever major tournament. The song is supportive of the Irish Republican Army, who carried out a series of bombings and assassinations in their long campaign of terror with the goal of ending British rule in Northern Ireland.
The video was posted to social media, and drew a swift backlash – leading to players, Ireland manager Vera Pauw and the FAI to apologise over the incident.
European football’s governing organisation UEFA fined the team, with its control,…