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FAI unhappy with "misrepresentation" on Sinn Féin referendum posters

The Football Association of Ireland has taken issue with Sinn Féin posters which link Euro 2012, supporting Ireland and voting No in Thursday’s referendum.

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of Ireland (FAI) has said that Sinn Féin has misrepresented its views on a set of referendum posters which link Euro 2012, supporting Ireland and voting No in Thursday’s poll.

A poster featuring a picture designed to look like the Irish football team with the words ‘Euro 2012 Support Ireland’ and ‘Vote No’ has appeared on lamp posts around the country in recent days.

Already, the Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan TD has called for the posters to be taken down. The FAI said this evening that they were unhappy with the poster.

A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie: “We’re unhappy with the misrepresentation as we haven’t come out for or against the treaty and this gives the impression that we’re against the treaty”.

The spokesperson said that the FAI had not made any attempts to ask Sinn Féin to take the poster down but wanted to make it clear that the party did not ask their permission to use an image of the Irish football team.

A spokesperson for Sinn Féin said the image was of “footballers” and not specifically of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, adding that there had been no communication from the FAI about taking down the posters.

“We haven’t been made a representation of the FAI’s views, but if they issue correspondence we will deal with that at that time,” he added.

Read: ‘Extremely deceptive’: Call for Sinn Féin to remove Euro 2012 posters

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