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news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo... deeGAWA, in answer to ur question a few days ago; looks like FIFA says im irish!!
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posted Dec 17, 2007
Ps, DUN07LOY:don't hold your breath for Belfastboy07's ma's number.Have you seen her???
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Well all I can do is apologise, I think I misread one of your earlier comments and mixed it with Belfast boy.In terms of my grasp of Irish, well I was taught at a Catholic Grammar school, so know enough...As I stated before:Due to the political situation, people in the North are entitled to "DUAL citizenship."As I hold an Irish passport, I am therefore entitled to play for the South.As I was born in the North, so I could also elect to play for the North.The same with MY children. Even though we now live in London, they could also play for the N or S.To clarify previous facts:1) The Republic has got the highest GDP in Europe2) It has the most Millionaires per capita3) Produces the 2nd highest amount of computer software globally after the USAThe North:1) Orange men2) Technically is NOT a separate country, as it does not have its own sovereignty, currency, language, Government etc (neither are Scotland or Wales I'm afraid - merely subsidized PARTS of Britain)
Big_Norm82Please don't lecture me on GDP etc...I am a qualified economics, geography teacher. The point, it does not matter if I was born in Donegal, the North or even Australia!As I legally hold an Irish passport, I could choose to play for the South or North as I was born in the North.But it boils down to this:The north is a Unionist dominated domain of the UK, which is unfortunately home to sectarian bigots. Why would I want to support a team that represents such values and followed by such racists??
uve said that on a previous post!
posted Dec 18, 2007
"Please don't lecture me on GDP etc...I am a qualified economics, geography teacher."So it's OK for YOU to LECTURE US and we aren't entitled to an opinion?You're not in school now.You seem to assume I am an uneducated.....I suggest you should NEVER assume anything....If you studied geography as you say, then you should KNOW my points on GDP are correct...GDP (as you should know) is very easily skewed....and does NOT account for a lot of things (because it would become too time consuming & complex to calculate (and don't tell me you are a Statistician too!)...You are only using GDP as a means to back your opinion....statistics are fine...providing you use them within context....
posted Dec 19, 2007
My own read of it for what it is worth is;Things only become an issue if a player has played under age football for N.I.The FAI are getting knocked around by the IFA on this issue and need to play hard ball,less of the cordial stuff,by stating if a young person in NI who might identify with ROI,should NOT play under age for NI,because it could cause hassle later on if they want to switch.We have to remember that FIFA has to govern for the game worldwide and a precedent in one territory,can lead to issues arising in other territories,like there may be ethnic Hungarians in Romania who would prefer to play for Hungary or Serbs in Montenegro, to play for Serbia etc...Like football played apart in breaking up Yugoslavia. Also,FIFA does not give a toss about the Belfast agreement,and it is mentioned far too much by the FAI and Foreign Minister Ahern.Rights to Irish citizenship for those born in NI were first enshired back in 1937. FIFA is like the Catholic Church,it has its own Canon Law.This going to the Court of Sporting Arbitration could lead to a bad result for us in ROI, if not fought cogently and John Delaney needs to get his finger out and start battling because the ones up North look like they have the stomach for a fight.
posted Jan 31, 2008
A player is legally bound at under 16 level to play for the country where he lives.... as for the shite going on here about who is from where, would you get over yourselves. The two groups of players would be stronger if they played togther and we might all win something together. The problem you will never get is over, is those from the North who want to be British and they have every right, and good luck to them, will always be considered Irish by the British. If Britian is so good how come you can't get a British team together. These arguments about identity are frankly silly, past their sell by date and do nothing to help any one. Cheers to you.
Colly, thats because we ARE the irish part of Britain. The Republic of Ireland is what it is, a republic.
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