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Rice apologises for 2015 post

Filed: Thursday, 21st March 2019
By: Staff Writer

Declan Rice has been forced to apologise for a social media post he wrote several years ago regarding the Irish Republican Army.

Rice, now 20, was barely 16 when he wrote what he today described as a "poorly expressed comment" in regards to the IRA, following an international appearance for the Republic of Ireland.

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And just days before what will almost certainly be his debut for England, the midfielder was forced to issue an apology for writing "#uptheRA" in a 2015 twitter post.

"I am aware that a poorly expressed comment I made when I was a junior player has been circulated on social media," he said.

"I recognise my attempt to show support for my team-mates at the time could be negatively interpreted.

"While my naive words were not meant to be a political opinion and do not represent who I am, I sincerely apologise for any offence caused."

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Rice, who declared his allegiance to England last month is not expected to face any further censure for the remark which he made prior to winning his first professional contract with West Ham.

The young Hammer is widely expected to feature for England when they face the Czech Republic in a Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley on Friday.

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