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Republic of Ireland fans throw tennis balls on pitch in protest of John Delaney

Republic of Ireland fans throw tennis balls on pitch in protest of John Delaney

Republic of Ireland fans staged a protest against John Delaney by throwing tennis balls onto the pitch during the first half of their clash with Georgia.

The Irish fans are unhappy at the outgoing CEO’s governance and subsequent change of role to executive vice president.

They’re also unhappy at Delaney’s wage while CEO and the news he was also getting his rent paid for him at €3k a month.

And supporters decided to protest by throwing tennis balls on the pitch on the 35th minute of the game.

Mick McCarthy during the game at the Aviva stadium

It happened as Ireland were awarded a free kick, and they then took the lead as Connor Hourihane curled the ball into the back of the net.

Yesterday, Mick McCarthy discussed the protest and 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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