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Irish Under-21s will have to take five flights for Euro qualifier


Financial restraints in the FAI will mean Stephen Kenny’s Ireland Under-21 squad will be forced to take five flights for their upcoming Euro 2021 qualifier against Armenia.

Ireland face Armenia next Thursday before hosting Sweden on November 19 and Kenny has expressed concerns that the travelling will have a negative impact on his team for both games.

His squad will fly to London on Sunday, taking a brief break there before two flights to Yereven, they will then need to take two flights home, via Moscow, before getting back to prepare for the Swedes.

Kenny said: “I’m used to going direct. With Dundalk we’d have always chartered a flight but I understand the way it is.

“Resources are very tight in the Association at the moment. We’re reminded of that consistently.

“(A charter) would blow your budget for the year, that’s the reality of it. But it’s not good preparation getting three flights and two back, it’s not good at all.”

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