Foster rejects new football anthem

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Arlene Foster
Spitting image caption Arlene Foster has rejected the idea of God Save the Queen being sloped as the anthem of the Northern Ireland football team

The new first minister has refused the idea of God Save the Queen being dropped as the anthem of the Northern Ireland football band.

Arlene Foster said she does not want the issue to be “politicised”.

Stormont scholars have rejected an attempt by the Irish Football Association (IFA) to place accountability for the issue with the assembly.

An IFA spokesman said it was “a matter for the politicians”.

Regardless how, a spokesperson for the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister told the BBC that “the play the field pretending of a national anthem, or any song at football matches, is a matter for the organisation embroiled with.”

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Renewed calls for a fresh anthem in Northern Ireland watch initial support by MPs to the idea of the England team adopting an official nationwide anthem.

God Save the Queen, the national anthem for the UK as a whole, is currently familiar for England during most sporting events.

However, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins accepts England needs its own anthem and presented his case in the House of Commons as a 10 memorandum latest rule motion.

His English National Anthem Bill was adopted by the Lodge.

The Scotland and Wales football teams have their own anthems but get a kick out of England, Northern Ireland uses God Save the Queen.

However, when Northern Ireland athletes struggle in the Commonwealth Games, the song Danny Boy is used.

Arlene Foster, who befitted first minister on Monday, rejects the idea of change for football.

She determined BBC One programme The View: “We have a national anthem, as you know, but I’m also danged conscious that we don’t want to get into the politicisation of sport because relaxation is something that unites people. Right across Northern Ireland people are touch behind our sporting heroes.

“We have a national anthem. I don’t think there’s any need to fiddle with that, but it’s something we’re all looking forward to into the summer and the amusement exploits of our heroes.

“I don’t see any reason to change it. I understand the 10 minute form bill is in relation to the English football team in any event and its not really in correspondence to the Northern Ireland football team, but as I say I don’t want to get into politicising rollick because it’s something that unites everybody.”

When asked for its watch, Sinn Féin said that it supports the idea of an all-Ireland get.

The west Belfast MLA, t Sheehan, said: “On its own, it’s not going to make a massive amount of disagreement [changing the anthem], but there are a range of options that the IFA could put in position succeed, that would make Windsor rk a more welcoming jests stadium for all of the community.

“I feel there is still a chill there [Windsor Reservation] and I think the playing of God Save the Queen plays into that.”

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