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exclusive NI’s first openly gay football referee Ryan Hanna: ‘I was victim of vile homophobic slurs… and the Irish FA did nothing about it’

Local football’s first openly gay referee claims association just told him to ‘raise his tolerance level’ after abuse

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Claims: Ryan Hanna

Claims: Ryan Hanna

Ryan Hanna refereeing a match

Ryan Hanna refereeing a match

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Claims: Ryan Hanna

Northern Ireland’s only openly gay football referee has accused the IFA of failing to support him after he was subjected to vile homophobic slurs during a match.

Ryan Hanna told the Belfast Telegraph that local football’s governing body would have preferred him to “varnish over” an incident in which a player allegedly called him a “gay b*****d” and a “f**king f****t”.


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