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Norman Whiteside storm over breast-feeding baby tweet

By PA Reporter

Published 20/10/2015

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/11/2011
Former Northern Ireland kit man Derek McKinley pictured at a Gala dinner in his honour at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood. Derek, the 71-year-old retired from international duty last month, having served as team attendant for the Northern Ireland squad for 228 international matches.
Northern Ireland stars past and present turned out for the testimonial dinner.
Derek is pictured with Sammy McIlroy & Norman Whiteside
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/11/2011 Former Northern Ireland kit man Derek McKinley pictured at a Gala dinner in his honour at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood. Derek, the 71-year-old retired from international duty last month, having served as team attendant for the Northern Ireland squad for 228 international matches. Northern Ireland stars past and present turned out for the testimonial dinner. Derek is pictured with Sammy McIlroy & Norman Whiteside Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker

Former Northern Ireland international footballer Norman Whiteside has been slammed on social media after he posted a comment about a woman breast-feeding in an airport.

The former Manchester United player from Belfast deleted his comment from Twitter after he caused outrage.

It is understood the 50-year-old was in Dublin Airport lounge when he posted the following tweet: "Seen it all now. A young Mother is breast feeding her baby right next to me in the lounge :)."

Whiteside, who was a huge Old Trafford hero from his time at Manchester United in the 1980s, made the remark on October 17.

It prompted a backlash as users vented their anger. One person wrote: "Oh no a mother is keeping her baby alive what an outrage."

Gareth Baglow also took to Twitter to say: "@NormanWhiteside How unnatural."

Els Miller added: "And? Any one else drinking or eating near you?"

Another user said that there was "nothing wrong with that."

Whiteside was just 10 when he was spotted as a future star. Seven years later, the Shankill Road native became the youngest player to appear in the World Cup finals.

In his career he made 235 appearances, scored 56 goals and won two FA Cup medals.

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