The French Rugby Federation has revealed that they will reimburse any Irish fans that purchased tickets for the postponed Six Nations. The France – Ireland clash was called off last weekend due to extreme weather conditions in the French capital.
However, in a move welcomed by millions, Irish fans who attended the match dressed as leprechauns will not be able to claim their money back. Ticket holders will be matched against CCTV images from the stadium before being issued a refund.
“It’s time someone took a stand,” said a FFR spokesperson. “It’s tacky, unoriginal, not funny and must surely irritate any self-respecting Irish person who wishes to move on from negative and twee stereotypes. Most of all, we don’t want that kind of thing in Paris. We have standards. Also, if you are going to do it make your own costume and don’t buy one of those cheap off the shelf things.”
After issuing the statement the spokesperson shuddered in horror at the thought of the whole thing.
The move will increase pressure on the Six Nations committee to ban the costume from future tournaments.