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Soccer fans must support home side

The demise of Sporting Fingal FC must have made sad reading for genuine soccer supporters in this country who bemoan the fact that the game has hit rocky times at local level.

Gone are the days when League of Ireland games attracted crowds of 25,000 to venues like Dalymount Park and the long-gone Glenmalure Park on Sunday afternoons.

Instead, we have a situation where so many people cross the water on a regular basis in slavish pursuit of foreign teams with little Irish identity.

These are the people who talk about their sides as if they were of some relevance to the country in which we live.

Surely it would be much more beneficial to sport in Ireland if such travellers pumped more money into local clubs and teams?

The FAI can't completely wash its hands of the decline in local soccer. I was really annoyed to hear a radio report at the weekend which suggested that all the Sporting Fingal players could be paid for a season with a quarter of the money being paid annually to Ireland's national team manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Mick Dawson
Naas, Co Kildare.

Irish Independent