American and Irish footballers marked Pride Month with rainbow shirts

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The Republic of Ireland and the US incorporated the rainbow flag into their football shirts to mark the beginning of Pride month at an international friendly in Dublin as the numbers on their T-shirts were rainbow-colored. The Football Association of Ireland (FIA) unveiled the special Pride designs on Saturday, by tweeting a picture of vice-captain John O’Shea, for whom it was the last game in the international football before retirement. He said that it was more than just a number, it was a statement in support of LGBT rights. Ireland came from behind to beat the US 2-1 at the friendly at Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, which was attended by 32,300 football fans.But the decision to use the rainbow flag on both teams’ shirts was not welcomed by everyone.

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