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FAI bosses need to tackle sectarianism

Published 16/08/2016

Reflecting on the Euros, it was great to see both Northern Ireland and the Republic doing well and their fans acknowledged for positive behaviour.

However, one difference between the two teams is that while, in the north, the Football For All campaign has made great inroads towards inclusivity, in the south the football team remains sectarian. It was disappointing to see swathes of Celtic and GAA tops among the Republic fans in France. These sectarian tops have nothing to do with the team and should not be worn. By contrast, the Northern Ireland fans were a true sea of green.

The FAI needs to engage in a campaign of Football For All, including outreach towards northern Protestants. As part of this it should persuade its fans to ditch sectarian emblems and desist from singing sectarian songs.



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