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Sorry folks, the new Northern Ireland shirt for France is here to stay

THE debate on Northern Ireland's new shirt continues. As of last night there were more than 5,000 signatures on a petition asking for the Irish FA to come up with a new top for the Euro 2016 finals.

That won't happen. The strip, with a blue stripe across the chest, is here to stay and will be in France.

There has been much discussion over who is at fault for designing, producing and then giving the go-ahead to the latest Northern Ireland home kit.

Some have pointed the finger of blame at the IFA's new marketing director Oonagh O'Reilly. Fair's fair. I'm told she didn't arrive on the scene until AFTER the controversial top was passed fit for purpose and wearing.

The away strip is due to be unveiled later this week. We can only hope that the IFA and Adidas have followed the one key rule in kit design for that one: keep it simple!

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