Irish fans react to Daily Mail story calling on granny rule to go after Jack Grealish saga
The situation regarding the international future of Jack Grealish has prompted a lot of debate on both sides of the Irish Sea.
An article from Martin Samuel today in the Daily Mail which appeared under the headline, 'Abolish the crazy rules that allow Jack Grealish to play for the Republic of Ireland' has sparked a lot of reaction from Twitter users here.
He argues that the rule was brought in for players who were not good enough to play for their country of birth but good enough to play for the country of their ancestors, so they could play international football.
"Grealish would have long been around the England age group teams by now. He would certainly be in next season's Under 21 team, if he wasn't already heading to the European Under 21 Championship in the summer or to the Toulon Under 20 tournament," he wrote.
"So while Ireland haven't broken any rules, they are certainly making the most of them. Their last Under 21 squad — which did not include Grealish — was made up of 21 players, 11 of whom were not born in Ireland. That cannot be right. It is not fair on those within Ireland's club youth system. It is time for change."
He accuses the FAI of using scout Mark O'Toole to "sweep up the best young players qualified to play for Ireland. That's not the same as sweeping up the best young Irish players."
He claims that Irish fans would be far from pleased if the English FA nabbed a player from under our noses.
Irish fans have reacted on social media to the article and point out that current England golden boy Raheem Sterling is Jamaican born, current England cricket captain Eoin Morgan is a Dubliner and much of their rugby team do not hail from the country they represent.
Read some of the reaction below:
What a load of codswallop! I occasionally enjoy Martin Samuel, but this is ridiculous. https://t.co/ARwZIQ7mgx— Oisín Gregorian (@Oisgreg) April 22, 2015
Weird and unsettling column from Martin Samuel on Grealish today.— Eoin O'Callaghan (@EoinOCallaghan) April 22, 2015
Every time you click on that Martin Samuel article a kitten dies— Steve O'Rourke (@steveohrourke) April 22, 2015
I see Martin Samuel wants UEFA to ban players from playing with countries other than the one they were born in. Including Raheem Stirling?— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) April 22, 2015
I presume there's a martin Samuel article on the 'crazy rules' in cricket and rugby that England exploit?— Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh (@Ciaran_O) April 22, 2015
Have to give credit to Martin Samuel as a columnist. Has every Irish football fan picking holes in his argument but everyone read the column— Owen Cowzer (@OCowzer) April 22, 2015
@daveyhannigan it's not a zero-sum argument. Its perfectly acceptable to both skewer Martin Samuel and ask why the FAI aren't producing.— Dónal 0g 0'Donovan (@ItsDonalOg) April 22, 2015
Great column by Martin Samuel today on the reasons why Eoin Morgan shouldn't captain the English cricket team.— Garry Doyle (@GarryDoyle1) April 22, 2015