Republic's football team could wear 1916 logo on shirts

This is the logo which could be worn by Republic of Ireland players in upcoming friendlies at the Aviva Stadium 
John Monaghan

THE Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has declined to comment on speculation that a 1916 commemorative logo is to be used on its shirts.

It is understood that the FAI, Umbro and the Republic's government are in discussions about using the logo for friendly games against Switzerland and Slovakia, which will take place in Dublin over the Easter period.

The team have a third friendly planned for May 27 against Holland. At present the final game before the European Championships gets underway in June.

It is believed that any logo to commemorate 1916 will not be used on shirts worn in the European Championship as UEFA does not permit political messages on shirts.

On Saturday morning, Umbro Ireland issued a tweet with an image of the new design when flagging up the game against Switzerland, which takes place on Good Friday, March 25.

It read: "Just under 5 weeks to go to #IRLvSWI on #goodfriday #1916-2016 @AVIVAStadium. Will you be there? #COYBIG #Eire2016."

However, within a few hours, the shirt manufacturer moved to distance itself from the earlier post: "Just to clarify, we never said that the attached image was for anything in particular... #assumptionsbeingmade."

According to sources in The Irish Independent, the jerseys will not go on public sale and will be worn by the players only.

An FAI spokesman told The Irish News that "nothing has been confirmed yet."

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