FAI hit by FIFA fine for 1916 logo
The FAI have been hit with some unfestive news as FIFA have fined the association just under €5,000 for using a symbol of the 1916 rising on the team jersey for a friendly earlier this year.
But the accountants in Abbotstown appear to have escaped lightly compared to their counterparts across the water as the FAs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also been fined over players wearing poppies on their shirts in last month's internationals.
"The Republic of Ireland has been fined CHF 5,000 for the display of a political symbol on the shirt during the Republic of Ireland v. Switzerland friendly match," FIFA said in a statement, referring to the adding of a 1916 logo to the badge on the jersey worn by players in the 1-0 win at home in March.
"England has been fined CHF 45,000 (€42,000) for several incidents in the framework of the England v Scotland match, including the display by the host association, the English team and spectators of a political symbol and several cases of spectator misconduct.
"Scotland, as the visiting association, has been fined CHF 20,000(€18,000) for the display of the same political symbol and cases of misconduct committed by its own group of spectators.
"Wales has been fined CHF 20,000 (€18,000) and Northern Ireland CHF 15,000 (€14,000) in relation to several incidents, including the display of political symbols in the context of the Wales v Serbia and Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan matches."
Westminster MP Simon Collins is now less than popular with Ireland supporters as he drew FIFA's attention to the fact that the Republic wore the 1916 symbol back in March.
FIFA insist they were right to act.
"With these decisions, it is not our intention to judge or question specific commemorations as we fully respect the significance of such moments in the respective countries. Howeve the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited," FIFA said.