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Ireland women’s team apologize for Pro-IRA song after play-off win

Republic of Ireland boss Vera Pauw has apologized for any offenses caused as her jubilant players celebrated reaching the finals of a World Cup for the first time.

Following Tuesday night’s 1-0 play-off win over Scotland at Hampden Park, video circulated on social media which appeared to show the players singing a pro-IRA chant in the dressing room afterwards.

Manager Pauw and her employer, the Football Association of Ireland, issued an apology on Wednesday morning.

An FAI statement said: “The Football Association of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland women’s national team manager Vera Pauw apologize for any offense caused by a song performed by players in the Ireland dressing room after winning the Women’s World Cup play-off qualifier against Scotland was sung at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.”

Pauw added: “We apologize from the bottom of our hearts to anyone who felt offended by the content of the post-game celebrations having just qualified for the World Cup.

“We will discuss this with the players and remind them of their responsibilities in this regard. I spoke to players this morning and together we regret any injuries caused, there is no excuse for that.”

Other social media footage showed the Irish players celebrating both on their flight home from Glasgow and after landing in Dublin, where emergency teams gathered to greet their return with sirens and flashing lights flashing.

Amber Barrett’s cool finish in the 72nd minute had previously secured their way to Australia and New Zealand, where they will meet alongside holders USA and European champions England in next summer’s finals.

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