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Bohs Team Up with Amnesty Ireland to Sponsor New Away Jersey

Bohemians FC unveiled their new jersey.

The new Bohemians away jersey features the words ‘Refugees Welcome’ displayed in black writing on a white shirt with black and red pinstripes. The aim of this sponsor is to highlight a much prevalent issue in recent years in modern society – asylum seekers.

The slogan is accompanied by an image of a family fleeing danger and the words on the back are as follows:
‘Love Football, Hate Racism’.

 

 

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Bohemians’ regular shirt sponsor Des Kelly Interiors gave the partnership with Amnesty Ireland the green light.
Speaking to Morning Ireland, Bohemians director Daniel Lambert said  “this is the fourth year that we’ve been heavily engaged with MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland). Initially, it was a fan-led initiative where people raise money on the terraces which pays for buses to go to different direct provision centres, mainly in Dublin, and bring families to our games.”

He added “people arrive in Ireland and they might not speak the language but everybody speaks football. At Christmas, we had about 200 children and their families in Dalymount Park and they were each given a present, they were coached on the pitch and there were meals made. It was a great day and it really showed us the human impact that football can have.”

 

 

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When questioned on whether the shirt perhaps may not abide by UEFA rules and regulations concerning political slogans, Lambert answered “we don’t see it as political, we see it as humanitarian and a social issue. Barcelona had UNICEF on their shirt and we see it as a message about welcoming people to Dalymount.”

The jersey pictured will be on display throughout the 2020 League of Ireland season which begins on Saturday the 15th of February when local rivals Shamrock Rovers visit Dalymount Park.

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