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Faroes boss Brian Kerr in eligibility row with Sinn Fein

By Lesley-Anne Henry

A former Republic of Ireland football manager has become embroiled in a row over players from Northern Ireland opting to play across the border.

Brian Kerr sparked outrage after claiming he "did not make it easy" for players from Northern Ireland to switch.

He was speaking ahead of the clash between his current team, the Faroe Islands, and Northern Ireland at Windsor Park last night.

"I know some of the northern players have an identity with the Republic, but I think, over time, that can change," he said.

"I inherited one or two and one or two came after that, but we didn't make it easy for them."

Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff branded Kerr's remarks "disgraceful" and an attempt to deny the rights of Irish citizens.

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