Dublin - Ireland have been hit with a UEFA charge after fans threw tennis
balls onto the pitch in a bizarre protest during their Euro 2020
qualifier against Georgia.
The incident happened in the 33rd minute of Tuesday's 1-0 win in
Dublin as fans vented their displeasure at outgoing Football Association
of Ireland chief executive John Delaney.
A UEFA statement said: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened
following the European Qualifiers Group D match between Republic of
Ireland and Georgia (1-0), played on March 26.
"Charges against Republic of Ireland: Throwing of objects."
The case will be dealt with by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body on May 16.
Reports of a planned protest emerged ahead of the game, three days
after it was announced that the controversial Delaney was to move from
his existing post to the newly created role of executive vice-president.
The game had been stopped for a 33rd-minute foul by Georgia defender
Guram Kashia on Ireland striker David McGoldrick when dozens of tennis
balls were thrown from the stands.
When play restarted around three minutes later, Conor Hourihane scored the game's only goal from the resulting free-kick.