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FAI announces equal pay for senior men’s and women’s teams

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has confirmed that the men’s and women’s teams will receive equal match fees with immediate effect.

“The historic three-way agreement between the men’s and women’s squads and the FAI was brokered by FAI CEO Jonathan Hill and Ciaran Medlar, advisor to the male and female international players, alongside captains Katie McCabe and Seamus Coleman,” the FAI statement read.

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The deal will involve the men’s squad receiving reduced fees, with the FAI matching their contribution, which will see the women’s team receiving equal match fees to their male counterparts.

“This is a great day for Irish football,” Ireland women’s captain Katie McCabe said.

“On behalf of the senior men’s squad, I welcome this news today. We are delighted as players to do what we can to ensure that our female international players are treated equally and fairly and we remain fully committed to doing whatever we can to achieve that goal together,” Ireland men’s captain Seamus Coleman said.

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The Ireland men’s team resume their bid to qualify for the World Cup with a game away to Portugal on Wednesday night. 

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