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euro 2020 Eamon Dunphy's 'disgust' at the state of Irish football as he fears nausea if England win

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Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy has revealed his disgust and heartbreak over the stories that have emerged from Irish football clubs as they have applied for cash grants from Paddy Power's #SaveOurGame campaign.

Dunphy helped to launch the bookmaker's cheeky promotion to urge Irish fans to ignore historical divides and support England at Euro 2020, as they promised to hand €10k to Irish grassroots football for every goal Gareth Southgate's side scored at Euro 2020.

With 10 goals clocked up ahead of this weekend's final against Italy at Wembley, a €100,000 donation is now guaranteed and Dunphy believes the stream of clubs asking for cash has highlighted the dire state of the grassroots game in Ireland.

The appalling conditions some local clubs are trying to work with has been highlighted by the stream of applications to Paddy Power's email set up to encourage clubs to apply for grants from their #SaveOurGame pot.

"There are men and women getting changed in units that look more like abattoirs than dressing rooms - and they're the lucky ones," said Dunphy. "Most clubs don't even have the luxury of toilet, never mind a place to tog out before matches.

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Legendary pundit Eamon Dunphy and former Ireland International Damien Delaney joined bookie Paddy Power to call on fans to get behind England at the Euros as part of their #SaveOurGame campaign

Legendary pundit Eamon Dunphy and former Ireland International Damien Delaney joined bookie Paddy Power to call on fans to get behind England at the Euros as part of their #SaveOurGame campaign

Legendary pundit Eamon Dunphy and former Ireland International Damien Delaney joined bookie Paddy Power to call on fans to get behind England at the Euros as part of their #SaveOurGame campaign

"It's a sad indictment on the sport in Ireland that it takes a company like Paddy Power to tear through the red tape to get cash to clubs and share their stories in such a public way.

"But by doing so, they have stripped the game bare and exposed the naked truth of how desperate things really are for countless clubs all over Ireland. Too many are in dire straits."

Dunphy went on to give his prediction for Sunday's Euro 2020 final, as he admits he will struggle to cope with the gloating England fans if their team wins.

"I think England will score two more goals on Sunday night," added Dunphy "That's another €20k donated by Paddy Power to Irish football, and if it means money in the bank for local clubs, I'll put up with the nausea. Like a lot of Irish fans though, I hope ultimately that Italy do them on Sunday night.

"The thoughts of listening to the English come Monday morning if they win is just too hard to stomach."

Applications for the #SaveOurGame campaign, which can be sent to saveourgame@paddypower.com, will close once the final whistle blows at the conclusion of the Euro 2020.

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