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Naval Academy Locks Horns With Irish Football Club

The Irish American Football Association claims the academy promised it about $92,000 to help with grassroots American football efforts.

Naval Academy Locks Horns With Irish Football Club

The Sept. 1 football game between the Naval Academy and Notre Dame has caught some opposition from a local Irish group that claims Navy football broke its promises, according to the Marine Corps Times.

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) has some authority to regulate how American football is played in Ireland, and Navy officials initially entered into talks in 2010 and 2011 when the Emerald Isle Classic idea was first brought up.

Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk told the Marine Corps Times he believed these talks were necessary to secure approval for the game, but the academy soon realized they were not and ended the conversation.

IAFA officials claim that during those discussions Navy officials promised to help with American football efforts in Ireland—including money and the donation of football equipment. The donation estimated to be about $92,000.

Gladchuk told the  Marine Corps Times the academy never made those promises, and academy officials have no concerns about whether the game will go on at Aviva Stadium this Saturday.

IAFA spokesman Terry Lynch told the  Marine Corps Times the organization will consider legal action.

To read the full story, head to Marine Corps Times.

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