Wednesday 21 February 2018

Come on you Boys in... White? UEFA rules mean Ireland won't be in green for most of Euro 2016

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Irish football's signature chant might need to be amended slightly for this summer's European Championships.

The FAI today confirmed that the Ireland's teams brand new away jersey will be worn twice in the group stage, with the traditional green strip only getting a run out against Sweden in the opening game at the Stade de France in Paris on June 13th.

Martin O'Neill's men are the designated home team when they face Zlatan and Co., so will be allowed wear their green jersey. They are then the 'away team' for their subsequent fixtures with Belgium in Bordeaux (June 18th) and Italy in Lille (June 22nd).

While that means Ireland won't strictly be the Boys in Green for the latter two games, at least the new away jersey (above), which was unveiled last month, is very easy on the eye.

Furthermore, Ireland recently had success in white, grabbing a crucial 1-1 draw away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first leg of the Euro 2016 playoff last year.

And if Martin O'Neill's men perform well enough to escape the tough group, they may well be back in green for the knockout stages.

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