Dunne deal? Famous '5' goes to auction
RICHARD Dunne's jersey with the crudely drawn '5', worn during Ireland's European qualifier match against Russia last month, is going under the hammer in an auction with a twist.
The replacement 'blood' jersey bearing the scrawl of Ireland goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly has been donated by the Aston Villa centre-half to raise funds for the Barretstown charity and the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght.
But instead of going to the highest bidder, the jersey will be awarded to whoever makes the lowest bid not made by anyone else.
The charities decided to award the jersey to the "lowest unique bidder" in order to get as many people in the auction as possible.
The auction is being run on the FAI's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ faiofficial or www.fai.ie/dunnesjersey.
Entry to the online auction is €5. Bids will be accepted until Thursday, October 20.
The winner will be announced on October 21.
The number '5' was quickly scribbled on Dunne's shirt in felt marker after the referee pointed out the absence of a number on the replacement jersey he put on after sustaining a blood injury.
The jersey has since been encased in glass to preserve its authenticity.