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Poll: Should Northern Ireland born players be free to opt for the Republic?

Irish Football Association President Jim Shaw has insisted that a new route must be found to prevent the Republic of Ireland from freely selecting Northern Ireland-born players.

The IFA lost out in a case taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport last summer when they challenged Fifa’s stance on the eligibility wrangle in Ireland.

The world governing body gave the FAI the green light to cherry pick players born in Northern Ireland, despite Fifa’s own statutes dictating that either a player himself, one of his parents or a grandparent must be born on the ‘territory of the relevant association’ in order to play for that country.

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