Yellow card fever leaves FAI facing fine from Uefa

The FAI are facing a fine from Uefa after five Ireland players incurred yellow cards in Sunday’s Euro 2016 draw against Poland.

Yellow card fever leaves FAI facing fine from Uefa

Under the European governing body’s rulebook, an improper conduct charge can be triggered in the case where five or more players enter the referee’s book in a single match.

Not for the first time, Ireland were on the wrong end of some questionable Swedish officialdom at the Aviva Stadium.

Referee Jonas Eriksson seemed especially fussy in dishing out first-half cautions to Wes Hoolahan, John O’Shea and Séamus Coleman. Marc Wilson felt harshly-treated for picking up his after the break, although there could be no complaints from James McCarthy when he was dealt with for raising a hand to Poland substitute Sebastian Mila. The cumulative effect leaves a likely monetary punishment looming when Uefa’s disciplinary committee sits to hear the case on May 21. This is, however, expected to be relatively small in figure, based upon the €8,000 fine imposed by the same association on Celtic last week.

That sanction was ordered after the Bhoys had one player, Virgil van Dijk, sent off and five others booked in the Europa League tie at Inter Milan.

Fortunately for Ireland, two bookings each so far in the campaign for Coleman and Wilson won’t see them suspended for the crucial qualifier against Scotland on June 13 because Uefa chose to increase that number to three before the customary one-match ban activates.

Ireland have accumulated the most bookings, 11, of any squad in Group D.

Meanwhile, Poland are also to be charged by Uefa arising from objects being thrown onto the pitch during Sunday’s highly-charged qualifier in Dublin. They will discover their fate, too, on May 21.

Elsewhere Scotland will discover on May 21 if September’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Georgia will be played behind closed doors.

Uefa has announced it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) after fans twice invaded the field of play during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Germany in Tbilisi.

European football’s governing body is also set to look at charges that allege home fans were guilty of setting off fireworks while a string of safety breaches, including blocked stairs, locked gates and a lack of body searches by staff at the Boris Paichadze Stadium, will also be investigated.

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