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Sinn Féin to contact FIFA over clear Good Friday Agreement breach- Maskey MLA

24 October, 2007

West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey has reacted with anger over the news that FIFA, the International Football Body has ruled that the FAI will no longer allow six county footballers to play for Ireland.

He said,

"I have received numerous calls from my constituents over this clear form of discrimination against Irish sportsmen and women in the six counties.

"The Good Friday Agreement made provision that everybody born in the six counties is entitled to Irish citizenship.
"If FIFA have another opinion on this matter I would like to hear it as I believe this is an issue of rights.

"I have written to both FIFA and the FAI and am seeking clarity on this."


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