Euro 2020 Qualifying: Republic Of Ireland Fans Stage Tennis Ball Protest Against FAI Boss John Delaney During Slim Win Over Georgia (Photos & Video)

Chris Wright

27th, March 2019

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Republic of Ireland maintained their unblemished start to Euro 2020 qualification by following up a 0-1 away win over Gibraltar with a 1-0 win over Georgia in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney was in attendance at the Aviva Stadium, which quickly became a little awkward as hundreds of Ireland fans used the occasion to protest against his presidency.

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Indeed, chants of “F**k Delaney and the FAI” rang around the ground as supporters heckled the recently deposed CEO over, among other things, recent revelations of alleged underhanded financial jiggery-pokery regarding the FAI and them paying Delaney’s €3,000-a-month rent.

Fans then halted the game entirely in the 33rd minute with a good ol’ fashioned tennis ball barrage…

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Sure enough, Ireland scored what proved to be their winning goal upon the restart as Conor Hourihane retained his focus to whip home a lovely freekick from 25 yards…

And that’s how it ended, with Mick McCarthy’s rejuvenated Ireland side taking six points from their opening two qualifiers to go top of Group D.

All in all, a rare old night.

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