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Sinn Fein man's gloating sparks fury among fans

By Nevin Farrell

Published 27/06/2016

Twitter row: Enda Fanning
Twitter row: Enda Fanning

Northern Ireland fans have reacted with anger after a Sinn Fein politician gloated at the team being knocked out of the Euro 2016 finals by Wales on Saturday.

South Dublin County Council councillor Enda Fanning referred to the Northern Ireland men as 'GSTQ'ers (God Save The Queeners) and also said Northern Ireland fans would "probably try kicking off again later in Belfast".

The Sinn Fein man was criticised for his remarks and later said on Twitter: "Jeez, folks, earlier tweet was meant to be funny. Obviously misfired. Apols".

But he then put the boot in again when he said he wouldn't support Northern Ireland, even if they were playing against England.

The councillor's remarks caused anger among fans of Northern Ireland. Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Doug Beattie tweeted: "What a pathetically sad tweet & sad individual". Mr Beattie went on to wish the Republic good luck against France, to whom they later lost 2-1.

In recent days Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness had wished Northern Ireland well.

Following the Republic's defeat to France on Sunday, one Twitter user told Mr Fanning: "KARMA! It's a b**** isn't it."

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