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Boycie is snubbed over IFA function

By Steven Beacom

Honorary Life President of the Irish FA Jim Boyce has been asked NOT to attend an official IFA function today by the current IFA President Raymond Kennedy.

It is the latest bizarre twist in a tale that has caused much embarrassment within IFA headquarters.

Earlier this year, to the amazement of football fans here, Boyce lost his IFA President's position to Kennedy after an IFA Council vote.

At the time Boyce spoke of his hurt. He feels even worse now after Kennedy said he did not want the former President to attend an official IFA function with the Liechtenstein FA today and another function on Monday with Finnish and Swiss officials.

"I told Jim Boyce that it would be in my best interests if he did not attend these functions," said Kennedy today.

"He is the first honorary life President and this is the first time that this situation has arisen.

"Jim knows all these officials from different associations and I want to establish my own relationships with them.

"If Jim attended he would overshadow me. I might as well sit in the car park!

" This is not a long term thing - just for say six months. He has been invited to the match tonight and I want Jim to carry out certain roles in the future weeks and months."

When contacted today, Boyce said: " Yes, it's true I have been asked not to attend. I am hurt and shocked by the decision but the most important thing is that Northern Ireland beat Liechtenstein tonight."

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