Setanta to show England v Rep Ireland
Setanta Sports has secured the rights to show the Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against England on May 29 at Wembley.
It is 18 years since the infamous meeting at Lansdowne Road on February 15, 1995, when the match was abandoned due to crowd trouble after just 27 minutes.
A friendly prior to last summer’s European Championship was mooted, but the idea was eventually shelved once it became clear that the two sides could have met at the quarter-final stage.
Giovanni Trapattoni will take his Republic of Ireland side to Wembley as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations with England and Setanta Sports have secured the exclusive Irish rights for the historic friendly.
The May 29 match is the first of four consecutive fixtures in May / June for the men’s senior team, starting with England v Republic of Ireland in Wembley on May 29, the international friendly against Georgia in Aviva Stadium on June 2, the home World Cup qualification match against the Faroe Islands on June 7 and then Republic of Ireland v Spain in New York on June 11th.
Setanta Sports will also have live coverage of the June 11 friendly against Spain at the Yankee Stadium in New York.
“We have shown Republic of Ireland games in the past, but we are particularly pleased to have secured the rights to these two summer internationals,” Brian Quinn, Marketing Director with Setanta said.
“Both games are fascinating for different reasons. England v Ireland at Wembley will evoke a lot of memories for some but it’s also a great chance to see how Ireland compete against the stars of the Premier League.
“Ireland v Spain at Yankee Stadium will have a different feel to it but again is another chance for Ireland to test themselves against the best on the world.”