‘FAI have role in ending digital partition’ – McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said a collective approach is required to bring an end to the geo-blocking of major sports matches for viewers in the north. 

He was speaking ahead of a party delegation meeting with officials from the Football Association of Ireland today.

Raymond McCartney said:

“In recent months we have been raising our grave concerns at the continued geo-blocking of sports games for northern viewers.

“We have constantly highlighted the frustration felt by sports fans throughout the north who are blocked from watching major sports events online.

“Irish soccer games are also blocked for viewers in the north adding to recent anger among soccer fans at the blocking of the World Cup.

“The Irish soccer team is supported by citizens right across the island of Ireland and supporters in Derry  should have equal access to watching games like people a few miles away in Donegal.

“There is an onus on the FAI, other sporting organisations, broadcasters and satellite providers to ensure there is equality of access to future games and to bring an end to the digital partition of Ireland.

“A Sinn Féin  delegation headed up by the party’s Culture, Arts & Sports spokesperson  Sinéad Ennis and Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile we will be meeting with the FAI Chief Executive on Thursday as part of continued lobbying to achieve a fair deal for sports fans in the north.”