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Worthington blasts scum

It would have been all too easy to remain silent this week... Say nothing and hope that the sorry mess be swept under the carpet. Isn’t that what Irish FA chiefs once did best?

Remember the Neil Lennon affair 10 years ago when the Lurgan-born midfielder felt forced to retire from international football due to death threats?

Only President Jim Boyce voiced his disgust at that particular time. The rest circled the wagons and took the opinion — hear no evil, see no evil.

Criticised and maligned for failing to be immediately pro-active in support of a former Northern Ireland captain, it seems the new IFA regime has learnt from previous mistakes and built a sturdy backbone.

They have been left sickened, saddened and angry that two Northern Ireland internationals — Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt — who ply their trade with Celtic, and former star Lennon, the Hoops boss, have had bullets addressed to them at their club.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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