Northern Ireland, sport and nationality…

Bertie Ahern has appealed to UEFA not to impose a regulation on Northern Irish players that they must travel on British Passports, saying that it should be a matter for individuals to decide, rather than a sports organisation. Interestingly he puts his appeal in the context of the increasingly defunct Belfast Agreement. Interestingly, it comes at a time when interest in local soccer amongst Northern Irish nationalists is at a low ebb. And if this conversation on a Ulster Rugby fan site is anything to go by, it has an analogue within rugby.