Tuesday 20 March 2018

No place on the field of play for FAI armband gesture

The decision to commemorate the Loughinisland massacre on the pitch is divisive, writes Louis Jacob

It's taken me a while to get my head around the FAI's announcement that the Irish team will wear black armbands against Italy next month to commemorate the Loughinisland massacre in 1994, when six people were shot dead in a bar where they were watching the Ireland v Italy US World Cup game on TV.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who was taken aback. I know that many will welcome it as a 'poignant gesture' and that is entirely understandable. What happened on that June 18, remains one of the most horrific atrocities in Irish history. And, of course, it should never be forgotten.

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