UEFA charges Ireland after tennis ball protest

Afp, Dublin

28th March, 2019 10:02:10 printer

Ireland have been hit with a UEFA charge after fans threw tennis balls onto the pitch in a bizarre protest during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia.

The incident happened in the 33rd minute of Tuesday’s 1-0 win in Dublin as fans vented their displeasure at outgoing Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney. A UEFA statement said: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the European Qualifiers Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia (1-0), played on 26 March.

“Charges against Republic of Ireland: Throwing of objects.”

The case will be dealt with by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on May 16.

Reports of a planned protest emerged ahead of the game, three days after it was announced that the controversial Delaney was to move from his existing post to the newly created role of executive vice-president.