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Gareth McAuley

Northern Ireland have been given a massive boost, but they have to ensure they get everything right

Gareth McAuley


 

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Northern Ireland have been granted permission to travel to Bucharest to face Romania

Northern Ireland have been granted permission to travel to Bucharest to face Romania

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Northern Ireland have been granted permission to travel to Bucharest to face Romania

I fully expect to hear the cries - why is it one rule for footballers and another for us?

Why are privileged professional footballers being given special dispensation by the Northern Ireland Executive to play a football match in a time of crisis?

I totally understand and can empathise. People will have lost thousands of pounds on pre-booked holidays that have been cancelled due to the pandemic, while others have to quarantine for the full 14 days after returning from a country not on the UK government's exempt list.