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World XI v MLAs

World XI v MLAs

17 May 2012

Football and Politics Do Mix as World United Take on Local Politicians

With support from UEFA and the Irish Football Association the locally-based intercultural football team World United enjoyed a friendly football fixture on Tuesday with... Northern Ireland politicians at PlayBall, Stormont, as part of the Community Relations Council's Good Relations Week.

Established in 2008 as part of the Irish FA's EU Peace funded successful Football For All campaign, World United aims to promote respect through the medium of football and is represented by players from a diverse range of countries, including Qatar, Portugal, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Romania, Bulgaria and Australia. The football match also involved our local politicians representing all sides of the Northern Ireland community and was keenly contested in sunny conditions. IFA Head of Community Relations Michael Boyd said, "Whilst World United ran out eventual victors, the real winner was community relations. World United reflects how a new Northern Ireland is becoming more intercultural and the fact all our political parties supported this intercultural event was very positive".

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