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Controversy Over Northern Ireland Having To Play On A Sunday

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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A Ewan Murray style objection has been raised to the spectre of Northern Ireland playing on a Sunday in the upcoming Euro 2016 qualification campaign. Stuart Elliot, former Motherwell, Hull City and Northern Ireland winger has objected to UEFA's scheduling of the qualifiers which means Northern Ireland will host Finland on Sunday 29 March, 2015.


Elliott is a born-again Christian and a pastor and says the IFA should fight UEFA over scheduling.

I think we should try their best to overturn it, I know its going to be difficult for the IFA. I would advocate, all that lies within me, trying to keep the Lords day... I will say I did have to play a few Sunday fixtures myself when I was on the mainland, but in the main, I would like to keep the Sabbath day holy as much as possible

The issue is reminiscent of the Ian Paisley's campaign against Ulster playing against Leicester at Ravenhill on a Sunday in 2004. Linfield have also in the past expressed their preference that games not be played on Sunday.




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