- The Republic of Ireland Manager faces disciplinary hearing.
- Players left uncomfortable by ‘anti-English’ video before friendly against England.
The Republic of Ireland manager, Stephen Kenny, will face a disciplinary hearing today in Dublin after reports were confirmed that he showed his players an “anti-English” video before facing England last week in a friendly at Wembley.
According to reports, the Republic of Ireland manager left most of his players uncomfortable by the contents of the video, which were a mix of motivational pro-Irish messages and a history of Anglo-Irish relations. It is also gathered that some of his players objected to what they were shown.
Stephen Kenny has had a difficult start to life as the National team coach and is yet to win a game since taking charge.
Within this period, The Republic of Ireland has found the net only once this year in a draw against Bulgaria and missed out on a chance to qualify for the Euro 2020 finals after loosing on penalties to Slovakia.
The 3-0 defeat to England last week was amongst a list of failed performances and will no doubt compound the pressure on Kenny.
In a statement released recently, the FAI said: “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.”