Belfast Telegraph

'No offences' over Tyrone GAA team bus sectarian singing row video, say police

An image from footage taken on the Tyrone GAA team bus
An image from footage taken on the Tyrone GAA team bus

The PSNI said no offences were detected in a video shot on a Tyrone GAA team bus that appeared to show someone shouting a sectarian remark as a band parade passed the coach.

During the footage an individual can be heard making reference to a "pile of f****** huns" as accordion band members- mainly teenage girls- pass the stopped bus.

Some players were also captured signing rebel songs, including Come Out Ye Black And Tans, as they passed the band parade in the border village of Aughnacloy after a victory over Cavan at Clones in Co Monaghan.

The parade was organised by Lisgenny Flute Band on Saturday July 6. It is an annual event and is held after 8.30pm in order to prevent disruption to parishioners attending Mass.

Last week the PSNI said a complaint had been received about the video and that officers were investigating to determine whether an offence had taken place.

In a statement to The Irish News Superintendent Mike Baird confirmed that detectives are not pursuing anyone.

"Following enquiries, no offences have been detected in relation to a video that was circulated online," he said.

However, someone on the bus has accepted a fine over behaviour that is not related to the video.

"A male on the bus was spoken to and has been issued with a penalty notice for disorder in relation to a public order offence," Mr Baird said.

Tyrone GAA manager, Mickey Harte, issued a statement after the incident apologising to "anyone who has been offended by the unacceptable behaviour of some of the panel on Saturday evening".

He said later his response was "adequate and well received" by "those that needed to hear it".

At the time DUP leader Arlene Foster labelled the video "deeply sectarian and offensive" and called for the GAA leadership to take "meaningful action" against those responsible.

Police confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph no offences were detected in relation to the video.

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