HANOI SAIGON WIN FAIR PLAY AWARD AT WORLD REFUGEE DAY FAIR PLAY CUP

This year's SARI UNHCR World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup took place on Sunday 21st June at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. The tournament featured sixteen men's teams and four women's teams with 200 players from all over Ireland. The men's tournament was won by Hot Press and the women's tournament by Diverse City. The Fair Play Cup was awarded to Hanoi Saigon.

This year's World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup tournament marked the sixth annual SARI UNHCR tournament in Ireland celebrating World Refugee Day - which takes place on the 20th June every year - and honouring refugees in Ireland.

The event attracted participants from across Ireland who represented countries including Brazil, South Africa, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Vietnam and Ireland. Many of those in attendance were refugees or asylum-seekers.

The men's tournament saw a number of close matches throughout the day. As the tournament wore on the football intensified with two of the quarter-final matches ending in penalty shootouts and each of the semi-final matches - and the final - were decided by just one goal.

In the men's final, Hot Press beat Kilkenny Tigers 1-0.

This year women joined the men in striving for the cup as teams from Dublin, Athlone and Kilkenny formed the bracket of the inaugural women's tournament. In the women's final Diverse City defeated the Kilkenny 3-1 to take home the 2015 crown.

 In the spirit of what was an excellent day of not only football, but superb sportsmanship, a Fair Play award was presented to the team that showed the best team spirit and respect. Team Hanoi/Saigon, which was making its first appearance at the Fair Play Cup received the honor.

 In addition to the hundreds of players, spectators and volunteers, Lord Mayor Christy Burke and Minister of State for Justice and Equality Aodhán ÓRíordáin TD also made appearances on the day as the community showed strong support for the many refugee communities of Ireland.

World Refugee Day occurs every June 20th since it was declared in a United Nations Resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2000. The day's purpose is to raise awareness for refugee communities around the world. This year's event marked an ever worsening crisis as more people move to Ireland and other countries around the world leaving everything behind in an attempt to improve their circumstances and facing debilitating obstacles along the way.

 Many thanks to all those who supported this year's event including: Dublin City Circus who provided entertainment for all the children in attendance; the Department of Justice for funding; Madina for lunch; Fyffes for sustenance; Edun for the T-shirts; The Law Society for use of the grounds; Lee Brothers for the medals and trophies; the referees; and all the volunteers.

For full list of results please click here

 

 

 

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