Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Liverpool legends Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton off Irish TV panel

Ray Houghton celebrates his historic winning goal for the Republic against England at Stuttgart in Euro 88

Two former Liverpool stars will no longer take part in a soccer programme on RTE, which is being sponsored by 'The Sun' newspaper.

Controversy arose amongst Liverpool fans because of the involvement of Irish legends Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton on the panel for 'Premier Soccer Sunday' on May 1, which will feature matches including Liverpool versus Newcastle and Arsenal against Manchester United.

'The Sun' is still boycotted by many Liverpool supporters for the manner in which it reported the deaths of 96 fans at Hillsborough in 1989.

Last night, RTE issued a statement saying the pair of former Irish internationals would no longer be appearing on the panel .

However, the national broadcaster did not give a reason.

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