Describing in great detail how “hilarious” it would be for all involved, Football Association of Ireland chief John Delaney today suggested a joint 32 county Irish football team by way of a very thinly veiled joke, sources said.
Having invited several members of Northern Ireland’s IFA to a “pub lunch, but more emphasis on the pub, haha” Delaney meticulously laid out the idea for an all Ireland football team in the form of what he described as “a laugh”.
“Can you imagine the look on people’s faces?” asked the at this point more than slightly inebriated Delaney. “I think it would funny as heck. People wouldn’t know what to think.”
Saying that “it wouldn’t even be that hard to do if [they] really wanted to” a laughing Delaney then explained in great detail how the unification of both national teams could be achieved.
“Aw, can you imagine the reaction of those big wigs at FIFA?! I think we should do it just to see their faces,” he added, saying it would be even funnier if they did it before next summer’s European Championship, which Northern Ireland are on the verge of qualifying for.
“I was joking at first, but you guys seem quite keen, no?” asked Delaney to his much more sober guests.
Having been swiftly rebuffed, Delaney left the pub “for a second” claiming he’d left his wallet in his car.
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