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Ireland FA chief John Delaney steps aside amid governance questions

Ireland made a winning start to their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Gibraltar.

Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney stepped aside from his role on Saturday, the FAI said, 10 days before he was due to appear before lawmakers over a €100,000 loan provided to the governing body.

Delaney was called before a parliamentary committee over the personal loan, provided two years ago to help the FAI with what it called a short-term cash flow issue. Delaney said it was the only time he gave such a loan and it was repaid in full.

Delaney will remain...

Declan Rice called up by England for first time after Ireland switch

Declan Rice has been named in the England squad for the first time just a day after he was announced as the Republic of Ireland's young player of the year.

The midfielder, who switched allegiances in February, is part of Gareth Southgate's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

FIFA confirmed 20-year-old Rice, who was born in London, had international clearance to play for England earlier this month, despite the fact he had already won three caps...

West Ham's Declan Rice chooses to play for England over Ireland

Samir Nasri assisted on Declan Rice's winner as West Ham defeated Arsenal at home for the first time since November 2006.

West Ham defensive-midfielder Declan Rice announced on Wednesday that he intends to continue his international career with England after having previously played for Ireland.

Rice, 20, was capped three times by Ireland, but all of his appearances were in friendlies, which allows him to swap his international allegiance to the country of his birth.

With Irish heritage but born in London, Rice says he considers himself "to be of mixed nationality."

Rice, who has made 59 appearances for West Ham, has...

Irish football team apologises for falsely reporting player's death

Pakistan played their first match in over three years
Ballybrack postponed its game against Arklow Town on Saturday.

An amateur football team from Dublin has apologised for a "gross error of judgement" after falsely reporting that one of its players, Fernando Lafuente, had died on Thursday.

A death notice was posted in a local newspaper, a game was postponed and teams across the Leinster Senior League in Ireland held a minute's silence to honour the memory of Lafuente, who was thought to have been killed in a car crash last week.

"This grave and unacceptable mistake was completely out of character and was made...