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FIFA set to charge FAI over 1916 shirt

SoccerBy Sunday World
Ciaran Clark wearing the jersey in question
Ciaran Clark wearing the jersey in question

In the wake of the poppy row that has engulfed the English and Scottish FAs in recent days, FIFA have decided to charge the Football Association of Ireland over a shirt they wore in a friendly earlier this year.

It is being reported on Sky Sports that the FAI will now face a sanction over the shirt worn in a March 25 friendly against Switzerland.

The shirt, which carried a small badge commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, was not an issue at the time but in the wake of the recent controversy over England and Scotland being prohibited from wearing poppies in a game later this month, it seems the FAI will now face a charge.

Earlier this week following FIFA's decision to ban the poppy Damian Collins, Chairman of the Commons' Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said in relation to the Irish shirt: "That appears to be an absolutely classic example of leniency being shown to other countries.

"I have asked FIFA to clarify the issue over shirts worn by the Republic of Ireland because that appears to be an absolutely classic example of leniency being shown to other countries."

A statement from FIFA in relation to the Easter Rising symbol read: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage nor speculate on any outcome."