As Englishmen everywhere rued missed opportunities in Brazil on Sunday morning, UNHCR and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) kicked off World Refugee Day in style with the 5th annual Fair Play Football Cup on Sunday 15 June. The 7-a-side tournament featured teams drawn from refugee and community groups, direct provision centres, NGOs and members of the media. Over 160 players from a host of countries including Angola, South Africa, Afghanistan, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Ireland, competed in the competition.

In the final SARI beat Bafana Glentoran on penalties after a 0-0 draw following extra-time.

The Fair Play trophy was awarded to the Rohingya team from Carlow.

The women's tournament was won by Diverse City, a team of Muslim women developed form the SARI Young Leader project 'Hat Tricks and Hijabs' - a bespoke programme designed to ease the path of girls of the Muslim faith into full participation as active citizens in Irish society through the medium of football. 

"This was another great opportunity to highlight the positive contribution that refugees make to Irish society," said Sophie Magennis, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland. "The tournament is a wonderful occasion for members of the public to celebrate that contribution and to learn more about the continued plight of millions of people throughout the world forced to flee their homes and seek safety and
protection in other countries."

"The enthusiasm show by the players is a reminder of the positive role that sport can make in bringing communities together," said Perry Ogden, Chairman of Sport Against Racism

You can see the video here: WRD video