The Irish Federation and its coach Vera Pauw apologized on Wednesday after the chants in reference to the IRA taken up by their players in the wake of their victory in Scotland on Tuesday (1-0), synonymous with the first qualification in the history of their country for the Women’s World Cup.
A video posted on social media after the match shows the team singing “Ooh ah, up the ”RA””, song supporting the Irish Republican Army in its fight against the British presence in Ireland. ” A shadow has been cast over qualification for the tournament next year in Australia and New Zealand (July 20 – August 20, 2023), said Vera Pauw, the Dutch technician who has led the team since 2019. We did something that hurt people and there’s no excuse.”.
According to her, her players were devastated after the repercussions of their slip-up.