Cash matter for rugby
Published 03/11/2007 | 11:10
The ban imposed by the Irish Rugby Football Union on the use of British symbols at Ravenhill during the international against Italy is as disgusting as it is interesting.
For me, the main point is the IRFU decision to make Belfast an away venue and so, since 1954, hold the internationals in Dublin. I believe this decision is sectarian and racist and its acceptance by the Ulster Branch is one of the greatest acts of cowardice that any Ulsterman has ever been involved in. Shame on them. But a more important point than simply having a go at unionists is the financial implications. For 50 years Dublin has had the benefit of a massive influx of high spending people for each international. No wonder they wanted to wipe Belfast off the map. While this decision is economic as well as political, it really shows the way the Ulster/British would be treated in a so-called united Ireland run by people like those in the IRFU.