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Shiels has support of Irish FA despite 'women more emotional than men' comments

Kenny Shiels retains the support of the Irish FA and his position as manager did not come under threat following his controversial comments about women being "more emotional than men", according to Angela Platt, Northern Ireland's director of women's football.

Shiels made the comments following Northern Ireland's 5-0 defeat to England in front of a crowd of 15,348 at Windsor Park on Tuesday, which ended their hopes of qualifying for next year's Women's World Cup.

Northern Ireland's chances of taking anything from the match were ended when they conceded four goals in 27 second-half minutes, which Shiels attributed to women being "more emotional than men, so they take a goal going in not very well".

The 65-year-old apologised for his comments on Wednesday following a meeting with the Irish FA, while captain Marissa Callaghan issued a statement in which she said the squad "collectively stand by our manager" and explained that his comments were in relation to a pre-match meeting where the team's habit of conceding goals in quick succession was discussed.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Platt - a former international hockey player - said: "We met with Kenny as soon as we could after the game, and that occurred yesterday morning. That was a full and frank conversation.

Kenny has apologised for those comments and we accept that apology."

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