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Delaney warns fans ahead of London friendly

FAI boss John Delaney has urged Irish fans to be cautious about displaying their colours on their way to and from Wembley tomorrow.

Mr Delaney does not expect any trouble in the stadium, but is concerned some fans may find themselves in the "wrong place at the wrong time" as they travel through London, he said.

The match will be the first meeting between Ireland and England since the infamous 1995 Lansdowne Road riots.

Mr Delaney is confident tomorrow's game will pass off without incident, given the English authorities' experience of dealing with big occasions.

But he advised Irish fans to be careful about how they display their allegiance.

"I would be cautious about how they do that... You only have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Mr Delaney said.

"The FA and all the different agencies are used to having all these people coming in. I don't think there would be much of an issue inside the ground."

Liam Murray of the supporters group Come On You Boys In Green noted some fans "think there probably will be something. It will probably be fairly isolated."

Mr Delaney said he does not expect a repeat of 1995.

His father Joe had been head of security with the FAI before becoming treasurer: the 1995 match was the first in which Joe was not in charge of security.

Mr Delaney said his father believed a lot of errors were made, particularly about where to seat the English fans.

comurphy@herald.ie


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