Cardiff University Cricket Club member suspended after loyalist flags hung at bar
A Cardiff University Cricket Club member has been suspended after loyalist flags were hung at a bar in the city centre.
An apology has been issued from the club after a Union flag with the words 'no surrender' and a St George's flag with 'UVF' were unveiled inside and outside Koko Gorilaz bar in Cathays.
The club has said the member responsible for the flags has been banned from all future club activity.
According to Wales Online, Cardiff University has said it was "aware" of the incident and was liaising with the Students' Union Cricket Club.
In a statement the cricket club said: “The cricket club would like to make it clear that it condemns the display of this item and we are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of one of our members.
“The cricket club is a sports club for enthusiastic cricketers and does not support or condone the actions of any such organisation and would like to apologise on behalf of its members for the offence caused.
“The cricket club is working with the athletic union to ensure appropriate disciplinary action is taken in respect to the individual involved.
“The club has decided to ban the individual from all future club activity including any training or fixtures.
The owner of the Koko Gorilaz told The Tab: "To be honest it’s nothing to do with the cricket club, they are good as gold. We have had a strong relationship with them for five years.
“One thing I know is that whoever has done it, the cricket guys weren’t aware of it. I wasn’t aware of it.
Why is Koko Gorillaz in Cathays looking more like a scary part of Belfast this afternoon? It's not a great look. pic.twitter.com/jI31tm53MB— I Loves The 'Diff (@ILovesTheDiff) March 5, 2015
“I’ve got no hard feelings. One guy has ruined it. There are 120 or so members, it’s not nice for the rest of them."
“We told him to stay away for a while – told this individual to chill out a bit.
“We allow them to put up one flag – a flag they have been putting up for five years.
“I said guys, what you have done is not nice. We live in the modern world. What they have done has absolutely broken our trust. We don’t allow things like that here.”
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