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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —A Wellington telegram which appeared in last night’s Star states that it is now an assured fact that a New Zealand team of footballers propose visiting England this year, the matches being arranged by a Mr Logan, of Napier, now en route to the Old Country. In the face of the strong opposition manifested towards the proposal by the majority of our Rugby Unions, it seems peculiar (to use a mild term) that a few football enthusiasts (?) are allowed to take the matter into their own hands and send a team Home without first obtaining the permission of the Rugby Unions of Otago and other provinces. Of what use, then, are Rugby Unions ? What claims have they for support when they take no steps to enforce their decisions? I would suggest that a letter, jointly signed by the representatives of the New Zealand Unions, and protesting against the proposed team being received and matches arranged for them by the English Union, be forwarded Home ; and, should our protest not be entertained, that we sever our connection with the Union of the Mother Country. If this team is allowed to leave our shores with a chance of being received by the English Union, it will simply offer a premium to professionalism of the worst description, from which, thank Heaven, we are as yet free. Is football a game of legitimate sport, or is it only the means of putting unearned money into the pockets of a few pseudo-sportsmen ?—I am, etc., Football, Dunedin, May 14.

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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7906, 14 May 1889

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FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 7906, 14 May 1889