Footballers to boycott the Women’s World Cup as they join boycott of World Cup
RTE 2.10pm: The Football Association has urged players and supporters to follow suit by refusing to attend the Women of the Year’s Gala.
The event will be held in honour of the women who have made the world a better place by raising awareness for the devastating pandemic.
The association said players and fans should not attend unless the tournament is held in their home countries.
“We have advised the players and support staff that the Women will not be attending the Gala at all,” it said.
“We hope the Women understand that we want to be part of this celebration, and will not attend the Galas unless the World Cup is in their country.”
This will give players and staff a chance to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable women and their dedication to equality, diversity and respect.”
The Football Association said it was aware of a petition calling for a boycott of the event.
Footballers’ union executive officer Gary Lineker said he hoped the players would be able to understand the reasoning behind their decision.
The federation is working on a list of events which players and players’ associations will be allowed to attend, it said in a statement.
It said it will take this advice into account when making decisions about the Women.
This includes events which include the opening ceremonies, the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, the Rugby World Cup and the Paralympic Games.
RTE 2pm: Former Ireland captain Michael O’Leary has revealed his decision to boycott Rio is partly down to the pandemic, saying it had brought more pressure to bear on Irish footballers.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke, O’Loughlin, a lifelong Irish football fan, said: “The pressure I was under was quite heavy.
When the World Health Organisation reported the death toll had gone up by nearly 100% for the first time in history, you just had to feel the weight of the responsibility that came with that.
“The pandemic has been a huge factor.
In Ireland, footballers are still playing the game, they’re still the best footballers in the world.”
It was a huge pressure for me to do that.
And I think the pressure has definitely brought more of an impact on me, it has really been.”
O’Laughlin said he had been in contact with his family, friends and team-mates about the decision.”
I spoke to the players, I spoke to them about it and I just felt that it was the right thing to do, because I felt it was my duty as a man to do what I could to help these women, and help the game.
“And it’s something that is absolutely right.
I don’t believe in this sport for the money, and I think it is the right time for the sport to move on.”
Hopefully, it will give us a chance for a new start and hopefully the women can recover, and that’s my hope.
“O’Leary said he was saddened by the fact that he was not able to attend his daughter’s wedding and would be looking forward to his next match, which was against Wales on Saturday.”
But it’s a huge privilege to be able come to the Women and to play the game that I love so much,” he said.”
To be able play the women that are the best in the game and play a match against Wales, that was a great honour and I’m really looking forward and really grateful to the whole world for supporting the women in Rio.
(Former Ireland player) Kevin Daly and the rest of the squad are doing a fantastic job.
“O”Loughlins brother, Pat, said the decision had been a tough one.
“For us, it’s been difficult because we feel that we’ve been the best team in the World,” he told RTÉ Radio 1.
Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll said he would be disappointed to miss out on the Galápagos.
He said:”I am saddened that I have not been able to go but I will do everything I can to see the women get the respect they deserve.”
Olaisa Galábets said she was disappointed that she had not been given the opportunity to attend her daughter’s reception.
She said: “It’s been a very difficult decision.
It’s been tough to have to make.
But I will look forward to it and the Galapagos and my daughters and my friends.
If there’s a chance that I can go I will go.
For us it’s an honour and an honour to be here and to be involved with this event.