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09th Nov 2016

Sean St Ledger may have called Trump’s victory but lots of Irish sports stars are struggling with it

This is happening

Mikey Stafford

As long as your visa is in order you should be okay, Sean.

Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger, like a lot of us, was glued to the US Presidential Election as the results gushed into our consciousness last night like a burst sewer.

The defender has a vested interested, playing as he is now in the United States with the Colorado Rapids, who will face the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Western Conference final first leg on November 22nd.

Provided America does not implode before then under the weight of Donald Trump’s victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Sean St. Ledger #4 of the Orlando City SC battles for the ball with Boniek Garcia #27 of  the Houston Dynamo during their game at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Republican Trump does not strike many of us as a ‘soccer’ fan, nor is he, seemingly, a fan of the Latino population that fuels much of the sport’s growth in the United States.

St Ledger, however, turned a cold, calculated eye on the early numbers and called what many thought unimaginable long before the rest of us were ready to even comprehend it – a Trump victory.

The scorer of Ireland’s only goal at Euro 2012 says he would have voted for Clinton and, judging by the early reaction of Irish sportspeople to the result, he would not be alone.

Shame some (or millions) of our GAA stars didn’t have a vote.

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