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‘It’s a total lack of respect for the ladies’ – Outrage as men’s teams warm up during penalty shoot-out of women’s final

Published 09/11/2015 | 12:26

Wexford Youths WAFC captain Kylie Murphy is lifted shoulder high by her team-mates as she celebrates with the cup. Photo: Sportsfile
Wexford Youths WAFC captain Kylie Murphy is lifted shoulder high by her team-mates as she celebrates with the cup. Photo: Sportsfile

THE decision to allow the male teams to warm up on the pitch before their FAI final match while a dramatic penalty shoot-out was taking place during the women’s final has been blasted on social media.

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Wexford Youths founder Mick Wallace attacked the treatment that his team and their opponents received during yesterday's Ladies' FAI Cup final in Dublin's Aviva Stadium, branding it "disrespectful".

Read more: Wallace says ladies teams 'disrespected'   

Independent.ie understands that the players were told to warm up on the pitch but football fans are not happy about the decision.

We asked Independent.ie readers what they thought about the men's team warming up on the pitch before the ladies' game had concluded.

Reader Cait Ni Dubghaill said that there would have been "total uproar.. in reverse context" and described the move by the players as "a total lack of respect for two ladies teams who gave greater entertainment on the day".

Richard Adriano called it "totally disrespectful", adding that a "public apology  should be given to both teams from the FAI".

Read more: Controversy erupts after Cork warm up on pitch during Women's FAI Cup final penalty shootout  

'Seagull Alan' wrote that he didn't feel the players "intended to be disrespectful" but that in future, "no game should be played before the main event". "The respect was allowing a game to be played on the same pitch before the main event".

Robin Hodge pointed out that, according to the rules, "only the players at the end of the game should be on the pitch.. during a shootout".

"The referee would have been well within her rights to ask them to get off the pitch".

Peter Golden wrote "they should definitely have waited, mind you the game should have started at 12 to allow for the possibility of extra time and penalties".

The FAI have been contacted for comment.

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