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Saturday 25 November 2017

Delaney: O'Neill and McClean 'regret' referee comments

(l-r) Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and midfielder James McClean. Pic: Sportsfile
(l-r) Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and midfielder James McClean. Pic: Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill and James McClean will discover by the end of July whether they face suspensions for their outburst against referee David Fernández Borbalán following Ireland's 1-1 draw withAustria earlier this month.

O'Neill's labelled the referee's display "very poor" and McClean went further, claiming Austria "had a 12th man today". Delaney suggested that they both were remorseful for their remarks.  "We made our submissions to FIFA last Friday and will know the outcome after their meeting on July 20," he said. "Our submission is very much based on people regretting what was said and all that would come from that. I think that's a pretty fair position for everybody - be it Martin, be it James and the FAI. 

"Personally, I don't think it deserves a ban but I'd be slightly biased and it's not my decision." The FAI refused to be drawn on the controversy surrounding the new U-15 Airticity League, saying that High Performance Director Ruud Dokter would be dealing with that on Monday.

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