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.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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