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Cultural sensitivity FIFA style: Football governing body admits Northern Ireland name As Gaeilge was mistake

Irish eyes may have been smiling after the draw for the World Cup play-offs, but there was raised eyebrows when FIFA announced Northern Ireland in both English and Irish - something the game's governing body now admits was a mistake.

Every country for the crucial draw was introduced by a graphic with its name in English and also in its native tongue.

So Croatia was introduced with Hrvatska, the Republic as Eire, Sweden as Sverige, Denmark as Danmark and Northern Ireland as Tuaisceart Eireann, sparking an inevitable reaction on Twitter.

"Cultural sensitivity FIFA style," tweeted ken Early.

FIFA said it was a mistake and the Irish name shouldn't have been included.

A spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph: "We have taken note of the inclusion of Irish also for Northern Ireland in the video produced for the 2018 FIFA World Cup European play-off draw.

"It was simply a mistake in the graphics production with no certain intention. The error is being corrected for the version available on FIFA’s YouTube channel."

Northern Ireland face Switzerland, while the Republic take on Denmark for a place in the finals in Russia.

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