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DUBLIN---Giovanni Trapattoni lost his job as Ire-
land coach yesterday after a five-year run that start-
ed out strongly but ended in a string of dismal
Tuesday s 1-0 loss away to Austria meant the
Republic of Ireland no longer has any realistic hope
of qualifying for next year s World Cup. It proved to
be the last straw for the Football Association of
Ireland, which had heralded Trapattoni as the most
successful club coach in history when hiring him in
The federation and Trapattoni said in a joint state-
ment they mutually decided to end a contract that
was supposed to run through June. The FAI also cut
ties with Trapattoni s longtime assistants, Marco
Tardelli and Franco Rossi.
"We leave this country with emotion because we
understand the Irish supporters, who have a well-
deserved international reputation and they have our
utmost respect," Trapattoni, 74, said in his statement.
He canceled a planned news conference.
Trapattoni s qualification campaign for the 2014
World Cup in Brazil featured an Ireland team with
little attacking flair, a weak midfield and an unusually
shaky defense. The opening home match, a 6-1 drub-
bing by Group C favorite Germany last October, was
Ireland s worst home defeat since 1931.
The FAI offered no hint when it would hire a long-
LONDON---Used affectionately by supporters
of Premier League club Tottenham but hurled
back by rivals with venom, football chants fea-
turing "Yid" have long been a source of ambi-
guity in England.
Now football leaders, striving to eradicate anti-
Semitism at matches, have taken on the thorny
Whatever the context, using the derogatory
term for Jews in chants is not acceptable, and
using it risks criminal prosecution, the English
Football Association has ruled.
"The FA would encourage fans to avoid using
it in any situation," the organisation said in new
guidelines published online.
In response, Tottenham announced Wednesday
it is launching a wide-scale consultation on how
to deal with the issue.
Fans of Tottenham, which has traditionally
drawn a large fan base from the Jewish commu-
nities in London, have been calling themselves
the "Yid Army" for decades.
But the "call to arms"---as Tottenham sees it---
has muddied complaints when its fans face abuse.
"We are acutely aware of the sensitivity of this
issue," Tottenham said in a statement to The Asso-
ciated Press. "Our fans historically adopted the
chant as a defense mechanism in order to own
the term and thereby deflect anti-Semitic abuse.
They do not use the term with any deliberate
intent to cause offence."
English football s governing body recognised in
its announcement that Tottenham fans have adopt-
ed variants of "Yid" as a "badge of honor" without
intending to cause offence.
"Nevertheless, its use is still liable to cause
offence to others, whether Jewish or not," the FA
said. "Also, by using the term in this manner, fans
may be clouding the issue by making it harder
to differentiate its use by these fans and by those
who use the term in an intentionally offensive
While acknowledging that "Yid" is derived from
the Yiddish word for a Jewish person, the FA said
in England the word has always been "derogatory
and offensive" and its use even divides opinion
in the religious community.
term successor. Ireland still has two World Cup qual-
ifiers next month in Germany and at home versus
Kazakhstan, but analysts agreed that Ireland probably
would install a temporary caretaker.
Irish betting company Paddy Power listed former
Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland manager Martin
O Neill as the clear favourite to succeed Trapattoni.
O Neill, from Northern Ireland, is without a coaching
job and has worked with many of Ireland s players
at English and Scottish club level.
Steve Staunton, Trapattoni s predecessor as Ireland
manager, said it had been a mistake to hire a coach
so foreign to Irish players and culture. Trapattoni,
lacking fluency in English, struggled to communicate
with his team, didn t watch the club performances
of Irish players in person, and spent most of his time
in his native Milan.
Staunton said he wanted the next manager to be
from Ireland or Britain, "someone who knows what
the Irish boys are about and knows the mentality."
Criticism of the often inflexible, long-ball tactics
deployed by Trapattoni had swelled since 2012, when
Ireland lost all three of its European Championship
group matches in one-sided fashion. He also was
lambasted for eccentric squad selections that failed
to promote young talent in favour of lackluster veterans
who stuck from his initial 2008 squads.
Ireland ousts Trapattoni over World Cup woes
wants end to 'Yid'
chants at matches
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