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Language of football: Andre Wright at the launch of the Bohemians’ new away jersey at Dalymount Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Language of football: Andre Wright at the launch of the Bohemians’ new away jersey at Dalymount Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Language of football: Andre Wright at the launch of the Bohemians’ new away jersey at Dalymount Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Football club Bohemians has unveiled a new jersey saying 'Refugees Welcome'.

The Dublin club has partnered with Amnesty International to highlight the plight of refugees and the direct provision system.

The new away jersey bears the image of a fleeing family with the message 'Refugees Welcome'.

Speaking on RTÉ's 'Morning Ireland', Bohemians commercial and marketing director Daniel Lambert said: "This is the fourth year that we've been heavily engaged with MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) and we've brought people to the games.

"The people are foreign and very often, they might not speak the language but everybody speaks football.

"Through those engagements with fans, we've had a deeper engagement with MASI."

He said he didn't foresee an issue with Uefa or Fifa, despite a Fifa rule that jerseys "must not contain any political, religious or personal statements".

"It's down to interpretation. We don't interpret the message that a set of people are welcome as political, we see it as a humanitarian and a social issue," said Mr Lambert. He pointed out Barcelona has Unicef on its jerseys.

Irish Independent