FAI investigating after video shown to players before England game

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FAI investigate "anti-English" video shown to squad before friendly

STEPHEN KENNY IS understood to have held a positive meeting with outgoing FAI CEO Gary Owens this afternoon amid the fallout to a motivational video and team talk delivered in the dressing room prior to last week's friendly against England at Wembley.

Irish reports say it included famous goals scored against England followed by 30 seconds of "historical context" of the relationship between the two nations but that there was also sensitive political content.

Whilst the rivalry has been used in the past by managers to help motivate players, as similar relations are no doubt used when Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland come up against the Three Lions, the video was said to be "close to the line". The video has been described as "anti-English" by the British newspaper.

The staff member is said to have advised Kenny against showing the video to the players but the presentation went ahead.

"Following this development, the FAI decided it was appropriate to look into the matter".

However, it's understood that Kenny will avoid long-term damage and remain as Republic of Ireland manager for the next batch of worldwide duty, qualifiers in March for the 2022 World Cup.

Ireland lost the game 3-0, however last night the FAI confirmed they were investigating the facts about what was shown.

It remains to be seen if the video, and potentially his side's form, leads to a short spell for Kenny.

The FAI has no further comment to make at this time.

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