WWC: Republic Of Ireland Vs Colombia Match Called Off Over High Physicality

Super Falcons group stage opponent, the Republic of Ireland’s final warm-up match ahead of the Women’s World Cup, against Colombia, was called off after 20 minutes due to it becoming overly physical (ESPN).

In a statement from the FAI, said the match was abandoned after consultation with the officials bringing a halt to the behind-closed-doors clash in Australia at Meakin Park, Brisbane.

Multiple reports suggest that, Denise O’Sullivan, an Irish player, needed hospital treatment for a shin injury after a series of robust challenges on her.

The Cork midfielder has gone to hospital for a scan on her shin, with boss Vera Pauw facing a nervous wait on the results.

The FAI’s statement read: “The behind-closed-doors game between the Ireland Women’s National Team and Colombia on Friday evening was ended after 20 minutes of play.

“The game, which was held in Meakin Park, Brisbane, became overly physical and it was decided, following consultation with the match officials, to end the game.

The Colombian Football Federation later issued its own statement saying it respected Ireland’s decision.

“The Colombian Football Federation reports that the friendly match that was to take place as part of today’s training between the Colombian Women’s National Team and Ireland, was suspended because the Irish National Team, rival in the practice of this Friday, preferred not to continue playing when 23 minutes of the first half had already elapsed,” it read.

“Although all the processes and training of our national teams are framed in the rules of the game, healthy competition and fair play, among others, we respect the decision of our rival team.”

It was Ireland’s final warm-up match ahead of their World Cup opener against Australia on July 20.

Canada and Australia completes group B.

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