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

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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.

Kenny's tough start to life in the job manager continued with the comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Gareth Southgate's side in London last week.

It has been reported a the video shown was anti-English.

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Some players and staff are understood to have privately complained about the video, the Mail say, with one source describing it as "close to the line".

"Earlier this week issues regarding content shared with the senior Ireland men's team ahead of the recent friendly against England at Wembley Stadium were brought to the attention of the FAI", the governing body added.

"The FAI already looking into this internally as a matter of urgency, in order to establish the facts".

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Ireland have drawn with Bulgaria, twice, and Wales, once, as well as the Slovakia game which ended in penalties, and lost to Finland, twice, as well as England and Wales, once each, under Kenny.

Kenny, appointed as senior manager in April, has endured a hard spell as coach of the senior side.

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