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Mick McCarthy plans to bring a tennis racquet in response to Republic of Ireland fans’ protest

Mick McCarthy plans to bring a tennis racquet in response to Republic of Ireland fans’ protest

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has told fans to take their planned protest elsewhere during their clash with Georgia.

Ireland are in turmoil after the resignation of loathed chief executive John Delaney when it emerged the FAI were paying his rent as well as a mammoth salary of around £270,000.

The fact the Boys in Green only beat Gibraltar 1-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier last week has increased tensions further.

Supporters are plotting a demonstration at the Aviva when the Republic of Ireland take on Georgia on Tuesday night, with fans planning to lob tennis balls on to the pitch.

Ireland fans are planning a protest

McCarthy joked he’ll bring a racquet to the stadium while insisting they protest somewhere that does not distract the players.

The manager said: “I hope that’s not the case, they are coming to watch a football match. They want us to win and give us a better chance and get behind us and not have outside influences affecting it. I can’t affect anything about it. Maybe I’ll take a tennis racket with me.

“They are the best fans, they are fabulous. I just want them to come and support the team. If they have to demonstrate about anything, do it in another place at another time.

“Can I just say something? Unless it’s guaranteed there is going to be one, I’m not going to talk about it any more. We are talking about hypothetical. What am I going to say win, lose or draw, it’s hypothetical. If it’s brought up, I’m going to blank it.”

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