N Irish flag in ‘no shock’ shock

A world cup football, decorated with various flags
Great post on a Saudi blog about the latest scandal that (supposedly) has the Muslim boycotters up in arms.

It’s all to do with the football pictured on the left. I thought I’d post it to highlight a prominent Northern Irish flag which isn’t a source of controversy.

Though God knows why NI would be on a World Cup ball these days. Maybe they don’t realise we’re not Brazil.

(Found on Middle East blog On The Face)Do read the comments on that post. One person has rudely stated..

“The flags of Northern Ireland and Israel. They are not in the World Cup. Israel, maybe next time, but come on, Northern Ireland have about as much chance of ever qualifying, as the Imam University team.”

  • Stephen Copeland

    The ‘Northern Ireland flag’ appears to indicate a rapprochement between the Red Hand Commando and the Orange Volunteers – leading to a new unified organisation with, as its emblem, an …. Orange hand of Ulster!

  • The NI flag looks a little jaundiced- a metaphor perhaps for the sickly state of the northern economy and in general of the artificial ‘country’ itself 😉

  • Shore Road Resident

    It just kills you to see Northern Ireland’s flag appearing anywhere, doesn’t it?

    I for one shall be doing nothing more in regard to this than sitting back and enjoying your obvious displeasure. Suck it up boys.

  • CS Parnell

    Whatever it is above the Orange Hand, it ain’t a crown? Phoblacht na hUladh?

    (My Irish is v. poor so I am not sure if that h is needed – but it’s two vowels so Ithought I’d give it a go)

  • On the Aaudi blog, a Yank makes a legitimate point about flags touching the ground = respect.
    SRR: NI does not have a flag, only one bastardized from the Ulster flag which RSF honour.

  • Betty Boo

    Shore Road,
    until we are orange or green in our face?

  • CS Parnell

    Actually, on closer examination on the blog (where the picture is bigger), it is a Crown. So I’m for the boycott too 🙂

  • CS Parnell

    Yes, SRR, we did for your little “flag” in 1972. Haven’t you realised the war is over and you lost?

    (Continued page 92)

  • Shore Road Resident

    Republicans – so hard to stomach, yet so easy to annoy.

  • michael

    To the best of my knowledge, the ‘NI flag’ shown (despite is sickly appearance) isn’t the flag of ‘Northern Ireland’, it is in fact the flag of the ‘Parliament of Northern Ireland’.

    (That was a lot of ”ing, but prepare for more 😉 )

    As such, the current flag or emblem of the ”Northern Ireland’ Assembly’ must be the flag of ‘Northern Ireland’, no?

  • Betty Boo

    What assembly?

  • Yokel

    CS Parnell, not to worry about your spelling. 90% odd percent people in Ireland aren’t fluent in the Irish language so you have a lot of company.

  • Keith M

    This is hardly a World Cup ball, as Israel isn’t there either, unless of course they are showing all the countries that have ever qualified in which case the N.I. flag has every right to be these.

    Secondly, it is time to find a new flag for Northern Ireland. If something like a badge for the PSNI can be done, why not a new flag?

  • Aaron_Scullion

    Keith,

    I think the whole thing is a bit of an nonsense.. it’s been floating around the internet since before the 98 World Cup, and rears its ugly head every now and again.

    And, as you say, it’s clearly not a FIFA ball.

    Hence my ‘supposedly’ in the post…

  • Dualta

    Is the papal flag a yellow cross?? :oP

  • Harry

    Today marks the 30 years of the rise of our oppressed brothers and sisters in Soweto.

    I call for all nationalist school children to boycott English lessons in school, the language of our opressors, and take to the streets and free this occupied part of our homeland for once and for all.

    Nationalists have suffered at the hands of the evil imperialists for centuries and latterly the unionists in this sectarian statelet. No more No more No more,

  • Keith M

    Harry, thank you, I nearly spat my lunch over my keyboads while laughing, but that has to be the funniest every post here.

    John Cleese has apparently retired this week, so there’s a spot available for you in comedy writing!

  • pid

    Yokel

    “CS Parnell, not to worry about your spelling. 90% odd percent people in Ireland aren’t fluent in the Irish language so you have a lot of company”

    Fair bit higher than 90, I’d say.

  • darth rumsfeld

    C S was too busy stealing bikes when the spelling bee classes were being run :0)

  • mark James

    load of balls debate

  • Aaron_Scullion

    applause to whoever did this.

    Educating the world, blog by blog..

  • audley

    I think this ball is a disgrace, proving the uvf/al qaeda link once and for all.

  • Peter Wilson

    “[i]To the best of my knowledge, the ‘NI flag’ shown (despite is sickly appearance) isn’t the flag of ‘Northern Ireland’, it is in fact the flag of the ‘Parliament of Northern Ireland’.

    (That was a lot of ‘’ing, but prepare for more 😉 )

    As such, the current flag or emblem of the ‘’Northern Ireland’ Assembly’ must be the flag of ‘Northern Ireland’, no? [/i]”

    The Ulster Flag, as it’s know, is really the former “Government of Northern Ireland” Flag and has been unofficial since the abolition of the Northern Irish Parliament in 1972. Current there is no official flag for the provence, the only official flag is, in fact, the Union Flag. The old Government of Northern Ireland flag is still used, controversially, to represent the Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and UEFA competitions. Personally I think it’s about time to get rid of thing, why St Georges cross? [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:St_Patrick_Northern_Ireland_Flag.png]What about this[/url]?

  • Aaron_Scullion

    At the recent game where ulster won the Celtic League, people were flying NI flags, Ulster fags, St Patrick flag, and even red and white checked flags.

    See for yourself here (pic 8).

    It’s not what you fly, but how/why you fly it..

  • kensei

    “At the recent game where ulster won the Celtic League, people were flying NI flags, Ulster fags, St Patrick flag, and even red and white checked flags.

    See for yourself here (pic 8).

    It’s not what you fly, but how/why you fly it.. ”

    No, it really is what you as well.

    I am going to be mature and resist the obvious jokes about “Ulster fags”. Really, I am.

  • Aaron_Scullion

    my speeling and typing isn’t up to much today, kensai

  • Aaron_Scullion

    my speeling and typping are rubbish today, frankly, kensei..

  • m

    I wouldn’t hit the farahssowaleef blog without uptodate virus protection. The website is a disgrace full of hidden nasties.

  • Penelope

    “I think this ball is a disgrace, proving the uvf/al qaeda link once and for all.” – audley

    F***ing hilarious!!!!

    Did you not read that this is a old photo/topic, that this image has popped up since 1998? It has f**k all to do with al queda and everything to do w/ cheap knock-off goods brought to market for if it waere a legit FIFA ball you’d think they’d get the colours right!!!

    Get over yerselves… looking for trouble where there is none by making statements up out of thin air… yea… this proves it all right… NOT!!!

    Not like the DOCUMENTED links between the IRA and the Lybia/Quaddafi (so many ways to spell the man’s name!), ETA etc.

  • LOL, a product of selection i’d say

  • jurgen

    The question is, how did a team like n.i manage to get its ‘flag’ onto a ball in the first place.

    Ranked 96th in the world.

    Maybe it was made in a wee sweat shop up the Shankill !!

  • Paul

    Jurgen

    The football includes the flags of countries which have competed in the final stages of the World Cup.

    Northern Ireland competed in the final stages of the 1959, 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
    Check yer history..and

    Seeya!

  • Paul

    Er.. make that ’58.
    Been in so many, easy to lose count;)

  • cully

    The flag being orange is quite apt, considering the fact that northern ireland football flags are being put up with orange order and other loyalists flags in certain areas to celebrate the 12th.

    Football for all

    Ha !

  • Paul

    Becky
    Poor, your struggling.
    Join Zebedee and zip off to bed.

  • PeaceandJustice

    Peter Wilson: “Current there is no official flag for the provence, the only official flag is, in fact, the Union Flag. The old Government of Northern Ireland flag is still used … to represent … Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and UEFA competitions.”

    Yes the Union Flag is the official flag, as it is for England, Scotland and Wales. But the Northern Ireland flag has the same status as the English, Scottish and Welsh flags. England is currently covered in English flags for the world cup – not the official flag of the UK, but to represent that part of the UK. So the argument that the NI flag is not official is a false one. It represents a part of the UK under the Union Flag.

  • brian

    “England is currently covered in English flags for the world cup”

    As are many loyalist areas in northern ireland, flags and jerseys.

    Confused people.

    Perhaps the new stadium should be scrapped and we could spend the money on flying the thousands of ‘Loyal’ england fans to the new Wembley.

    Then fans could watch ‘wee england’ at Windsor or big England’ at Wembley.

    Rule Britannia, lol.

  • Ken A. Biss, Sweden

    I’m sure the people of Northern Ireland will find a flag for themselves eventually. Once all of the people in the province have agreed on one they can relate to. What a pity the Star of David, now being dragged by the 21st century Nazis the Israelis into the same disgrace as the Hindu/Buddhist symbol of peace the Swastika suffered when the original Nazis hijacked it, is “taken”. I have never understood why the Loyalists fly it so eagerly. The nearest I came to finding an explanation was when a Loyalist called Sandy in the Shankill Estate told me it was because they felt the “Israelites” were doing to the Palestinians what God-fearing decent Ulster People should do to the Taigs.

  • Rose Tyler

    “What a pity the Star of David, now being dragged by the 21st century Nazis the Israelis into the same disgrace as the Hindu/Buddhist symbol of peace the Swastika suffered when the original Nazis hijacked it, is “taken”. ”

    Comments like this are both uneducated and unhelpful.
    Perhaps you can us why so many PLO flags fly in republican ghetoes.

  • john

    Why do n.i supporters all wear england shirts ?

    Why do loyalists fly n.i flags with orange order flags ?

    Why do n.i supporters sing ‘rule britannia ‘ during games ?

    Why is ‘no surrender’ sang during the playing the british national anthem at windsor park ?

    Why do the Welsh & Scottish have a national identity ?

    Why has n.i not got a flag ?

    Are unionists ‘the lost tribe’ ?

  • PeaceandJustice

    Some answers for John:
    “Why do n.i supporters all wear england shirts ?”
    Some do – and why not support fellow British citizens? The UK is unique in having four teams.

    “Why do loyalists fly n.i flags with orange order flags ?”
    Republicans are welcome to fly the Northern Ireland flag with GAA flags if they want to!

    “Why do n.i supporters sing ‘rule britannia ‘ during games ?”
    Because Northern Ireland is British! It’s like asking why Irish Republic fans would sing Irish songs! 🙂

    “Why has n.i not got a flag ? ”
    It has! The Northern Ireland flag and the Union flag.

    Perhaps some of the Republicans who spend all their time trying to find fault with Northern Ireland should look at themselves first and get a life! Unionists accept the flag of the Irish Republic when it is used correctly. So let us stop this game where Republicans pretend that the Northern Ireland flag doesn’t exist. Northern Ireland exists! Get on with your life!