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Backlash Paddy Power mural featuring England footballers Grealish and Rice defaced with graffiti

'Obviously the objective of the mural was to get people talking about the campaign, and it’s certainly doing its job'

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The mural on Fenian Street. Picture: Paddy Power Twitter

The mural on Fenian Street. Picture: Paddy Power Twitter

The mural on Fenian Street. Picture: Paddy Power Twitter

A controversial mural that Paddy Power had created on Dublin’s Fenian Street applauding English footballers Jack Grealish and Declan Rice has been defaced with graffiti. 

Emblazoned with the words “Come On You Boys In White”, the mural depicts both players who represented Ireland in the past, but are now key members of England’s squad ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2020 clash with Croatia.

The artist Shane Ha created the mural was created to announce how Paddy Power will pay a €20k ‘backstabber bonus’ in their #SaveOurGame campaign should either Grealish or Rice score at the tournament.

However, it has been defaced with slogans calling on ‘England to get out of Ireland’, as well as references to hunger striker Bobby Sands.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Obviously the objective of the mural was to get people talking about the campaign, and it’s certainly doing its job.

“The vast majority of people understand the sentiment behind the mural and for those that don’t, we’ve literally spelled it out on the wall next to it that we are donating €10k per English goal to Irish soccer and we’ve guaranteed €100k.”

The spokesperson added: “The point is that you might get a little sick in your mouth when you see this mural, or when England score, but you can’t argue with the fact that it’s cash banked for the betterment of Irish football.”

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