[Sinn Fein]

5th July 2002

Government should review FAI role in National Stadium

Describing the FAI sale to Sky of TV rights to Irish international soccer matches as a "betrayal of the fans" Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris has called on the government to review their participation in the National Stadium. He said:

``The sale of TV rights to Rupert Murdoch's Sky by the FAI is a betrayal of Irish soccer fans. Just last week the Dáil voted a special supplementary estimate to aid sporting bodies, including the FAI. The government should now review the FAI's participation in the National Stadium project. Are we to have international soccer matches in our National Stadium made the exclusive TV property of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, further swelling his massive profits and depriving the majority of Irish people of TV coverage of their team?''

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