Sunday 20 August 2017

Politics and sport

Ireland's James McClean. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland's James McClean. Photo: Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - I have just read the snippet (From The Stands, Sunday Independent, February 21) about the FAI putting 1916-2016 on their jersey for the upcoming friendly to commemorate the Easter Rising.

The question I ask myself is why do this? Politics and sport don't mix. The IRFU don't see the need for the rugby team to have this on a jersey so why does the FAI feel the need to do this?

Can you imagine the uproar if the IFA in 1990 had put 1690-1990 on the Northern Ireland jersey to commemorate the tercentenary of the Battle of the Boyne? The entire island (and further afield no doubt), quite rightly, would have gone into meltdown asking what this had to do with the football team or sport.

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