Wednesday 26 July 2017

WATCH - John Aldridge reveals Jack Charlton's fury over fine for Mexico row and incredible gesture from fans

Ireland's John Aldridge (l) has to be restrained by coach Maurice Setters (c) as he indicates to the fourth official (r) how long he has been waiting to take his place on the pitch as substitute for Tommy Coyne who had already left the pitch and was sat in the dug out.
Ireland's John Aldridge (l) has to be restrained by coach Maurice Setters (c) as he indicates to the fourth official (r) how long he has been waiting to take his place on the pitch as substitute for Tommy Coyne who had already left the pitch and was sat in the dug out.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland legend John Aldridge has revealed how Jack Charlton had a go at him after his infamous sideline rant during USA '94 because he was 'tighter than cramp'.

In sweltering conditions in Orlando and with Ireland 2-0 down to Mexico, Ireland made a double-substitution with Tommy Coyne and Steve Staunton coming off for Aldo and Jason McAteer.

An official prevented Aldridge from entering the fray and with his team down to 10 men and trailing, he completely lost the plot.

"I used words I didn't think I had in my vocabulary to be quite honest," he told Independent.ie

"I just lost the plot. I went into one big time. The cameraman had taken the lens off the games and panned to me for 52.3 seconds of the worst foul-mouth language you've ever heard in your life."

Aldridge revealed that Charlton was not pleased after he was fined for his part in the altercation and he also divulged an incredible story of how Irish fans collected money to pay for the fines.

"I got fined $2,500 from FIFA for my outburst and Jack got involved as a manager. What FIFA did was they banned him for the next game against Norway, they put him in the stands for the next game against Norway and it cost Jack Charlton $12,500.

"Now if you don't know Jack, he is tighter than cramp. He didn't take it to lightly. He had it out with me big time but the great story behind it is, apart from the FAI paying it for us... people in Ireland were not aware of that and it came out in the papers that we were being unfairly taught a lesson by FIFA. They had a whiparound all over Ireland in pubs and clubs and raised £96,000.

"It went to various charities. It tells you the generosity of the Irish fans. It was brilliant when he heard that story."

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