Dundalk First Team in Europa League History not to Commit a Foul

Dundalk boss Filippo hails his side as they become first side in Europa League history not to commit a single foul

Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli has praised his side’s gentlemanly conduct at Arsenal as the Irish side became the first team not concede a foul in a Europa League match.

The Lilywhites were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the Gunners on Thursday night thanks to goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe but had an impeccable disciplinary record at the Emirates Stadium clash.

Italian interim boss Giovagnoli maintained that his side still fought hard during the game but chose not to use brute force to stop Arsenal from attacking them.

Speaking after the game, Filippo said:

‘Our team is so polite. They’re such gentlemen.

‘They work hard and fight hard but won’t use other things to stop the opponent.’

Giovagnoli was nearly not allowed to sit on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium due to not having the right UEFA coaching badges, but Europe’s governing body granted the Italian permission to sit on the Dundalk bench in north London.