Ireland, Poland and Georgia all charged by UEFA

NewsBy John Brennan
Polish fans light flares at The Aviva Stadium
Polish fans light flares at The Aviva Stadium

Ireland, Poland and Georgia all face sanction by UEFA after last Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

For Martin O'Neill, the issue is that five Irish players were booked in the game against Poland, and that triggers an automatic charge of 'failing to control your players.' John O'Shea, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Wes Hoolahan were the quintet who saw yellow.

However Ireland will get away with a monetary punishment for that offence, the Poles and Georgians may not be so lucky.

Even though the game was played in Dublin, under the control of the FAI, the Polish FA have been charged because it was their supporters who clearly lit flares and threw objects onto the Aviva pitch.

Finally the Georgians are in serious trouble as their 2-0 defeat by Germany in Tbilisi was twice interrupted by pitch invasions by fans. They may well end up playing their next home game, against Scotland in September, behind closed doors. And that would not be to Ireland's advantage.

All three cases will be dealt with by UEFA on May 21st next.