Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Football flags and chanting need to change

As a Northern Ireland fan, I approach tonight's game against Russia and Tuesday's against Israel with trepidation and unease. I'm not talking about events on the field, rather those in the stands.

No doubt, I will see banners which have more to do with supporting 'loyalism', rather than the Northern Ireland team. No doubt, I will hear shouts of 'No Surrender' during the national anthem – an anthem at which half the team understandably shuffle in discomfort as it is being played.

Can the IFA not remove these banners and tell their owners they are not to be displayed at Northern Ireland games?

There seems to be a 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' mindset with the powers-that-be in Northern Ireland football.

Come on, let's get Football for All back on track.

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