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Football united in tribute to Cliftonville hero Breslin

Editor's Viewpoint

Football can often bring out the worst in people, reinforcing divisions within a society and causing friction whenever rival fans meet. But former Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin transcended such narrow viewpoints, as was amply demonstrated in the wake of his untimely death and at his funeral yesterday.

The decision by Linfield Football Club to send the Premier League trophy Mr Breslin won twice to be displayed in the church showed the esteem in which he was held within the sport. But ultimately, as in sport, there are losers; his partner and family, who now face the future without a remarkable and much-loved man.

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