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Plane crazy! Ireland duo missed Euro play-off because they moved seats on team flight

The pair moved around on the team's chartered jet and ended up less than two metres away from an FAI staff member, who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

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Aaron Connolly arrives at Dublin Airport prior to take-off for Slovakia.

Aaron Connolly arrives at Dublin Airport prior to take-off for Slovakia.

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Aaron Connolly arrives at Dublin Airport prior to take-off for Slovakia.

Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah missed last Thursday night's Euro play-off because they moved from their allocated seats on the team flight between Dublin and Bratislava.

The pair moved around on the team's chartered jet and ended up less than two metres away from an FAI staff member, who subsequently tested positive for Covid 19.

Irish manager Stephen Kenny adopted a conciliatory tone about the matter at a press conference last night, but you could sense the steam rising from the Dubliner as he spoke about what happened.

"The staff member was not a necessary member for the function of putting the team out on the pitch in Slovakia," he said.

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 Adam Idah

Adam Idah

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Adam Idah

"And it seemed the lads (Connolly and Idah) moved seats and ended up beside him.

"I didn't see it all myself, as I was at the front of the plane," Kenny added. "But that's what appears to have happened."

The pacy Connolly would surely have started the play-off semi-final.

And Idah, a penalty-taker for his club Norwich City, might have been a man to have on the pitch for the shoot-out at the end. What a mess!