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Man arrested by Gardai after reportedly flying Palestinian flag at Tyrone GAA game

By Sean Nolan and Mark Edwards

A man was arrested at Meath's All-Ireland Qualifier clash with Tyrone after reportedly flying a Palestinian flag in the crowd.

Video footage circulated online shows a man in a Tyrone jersey being removed from the stands in Páirc Táilteann in Navan by gardai.

A garda is also seen carrying a Palestinian flag out with the man in the brief clip.

In a statement a garda spokesperson confirmed there had been a public order offence at the ground involving a flag and that a man had been arrested.

The statement reads: "Gardai in Navan who were attending a football match between Meath and Tyrone today [Saturday] received a number of complaints from attendees that their view of the game was obscured by a flag.

"Gardai spoke to a male who refused to lower the flag and became abusive to the Gardai.

"There were a number of young families also in the crowd, the male was arrested under the Public Order Act and conveyed to Navan Garda station where he was dealt with by way of Adult caution and released."

Recently the GAA's Ulster Council banned the flying of Palestinian flags at Ulster GAA games. A petition, with more than 4,500 signatures by lunchtime on Sunday, has been launched calling on the GAA to repeal the ban.

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey, posting on Twitter after the arrest by Gardai in Navan, said: "This is an absolute disgrace. This decision needs to be rescinded immediately. Come on GAA, get this sorted. I stand with the Palestinian people as do may gaels."

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