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BLUES RECEIVE BLATTER PRAISE

LINFIELD'S stance on anti-racism has heralded a glowing tribute from one of the most powerful forces in world football – Sepp Blatter!

The Blues, still savouring Saturday's Nationwide Irish Cup final win over Glentoran at Windsor Park which completed a 'Grand Slam' of trophies this season, received a letter of congratulatons on their anti-racism campaign from the FIFA president.

Headed by Management Committee member, Andy Conn, Linfield's anti-racism move kicked in ahead of the club's Setanta Cup game against Shelbourne, in Dublin.

"The FAI and Shelbourne agreed our request for the club to make a strong statement against racism in Dublin on March 20. Michael Boyd, of the IFA, also assisted," said Andy.

"David Jeffrey and the players gave the campaign their full backing.

"They stood behind an anti-racism banner and displayed 'red cards to racism' cards before the game.

"The banner was produced at very short notice and in quick time by a Linfield sponsor, Signtech. Before the game Junior Blues mascots displayed the banner to the big Linfield support."

Blatter's letter was addressed to club president, William Weir, and it read: "It is with great pleasure that I send my congratulations to you after Linfield FC have claimed their 46th league title.

"Please pass on my warmest congratulations to your team of exceptional players, the head coach David Jeffrey, the technical and medical staff and all of the club's supporters, as each part of this organistaion has shown itself to be nothing short of first class in very way.

"In particular I wish to express my satisfaction about your club's anti-racism message delivered before the start of the game against Shelbourne in Dublin.

"I have repeatedly stressed FIFA's and my firm personal stance against racism and discrimination and I am pleased that Linfield FC are taking an energetic stand on the issue.

"On behalf of the entire football family at FIFA, I thank you for the excitement you bring to fans of the beautiful game . I wish you and your club much success in the years to come."

Linfield have recently set up a working party under Conn's chairmanship to encourage support for the team in a way which will not cause offence.

"We are working closely with Michael Boyd with a view to putting into place as many of the proposals contained in the UEFA 10 point plan as possible," added Andy.

 
 
 

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