FAI announce partnership with Tourism Ireland and PZPN ahead of February friendly

The governing body for football in the Republic of Ireland has announced a partnership with the Polish Football Association ahead of the upcoming friendly on February 6
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has announced a partnership with Tourism Ireland, the Polish Football Association (PZPN), Dublin City council as well as representative bodies for Irish and Polish football fans.

The announcement comes before the international friendly fixture between Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green and Poland at the Aviva Stadium which is due to take place on February 6.

Speaking at the announcement, FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney hailed the 'incredible bond' that was struck up between the two sets of supporters during Euro 2012 and encouraged its continuation.

"Polish and Irish fans enjoyed an incredible bond during Euro 2012," said Delaney. "And this initiative which is supported by The Gathering Ireland 2013 intends to use our international friendly match against Poland on February 6 to encourage Polish people to come to Ireland and continue that special relationship which exists between our two countries."

He added: "The PZPN has shown great initiative in assisting us in these activities and we look forward to providing a special welcome to the many Polish people who will attend the match.

"I take this opportunity to thank Tourism Ireland and Dublin City Council for their support and look forward to an exciting match," concluded Delaney.

The Vice President of the PZPN, Marek Kozminski said that the initiative demonstrated football's power to bring people together. He said: "The PZPN is very happy to support this initiative which demonstrates the power of football to unite.

"Our supporters showed the positive side of football during Euro 2012 and we hope that this match will cement that special bond between our countries."

The Republic of Ireland will host Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday February 6.