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exclusive There must be zero tolerance on homophobia in football, says Northern Ireland's only openly gay referee Ryan Hanna

Hanna calls for chiefs to crack down on slurs and finally make it a game for all

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Ryan Hanna is encouraged by planned talks between the IFA and LGBT groups

Ryan Hanna is encouraged by planned talks between the IFA and LGBT groups

Ryan Hanna is encouraged by planned talks between the IFA and LGBT groups

Northern Ireland’s only openly gay football referee Ryan Hanna has made a passionate plea for governing bodies and associations throughout the world to take a much tougher stance on homophobia, racism and sectarianism in the game.

The 33-year-old, who took charge of last month’s Intermediate Cup final at Windsor Park which was won by Rathfriland Rangers, says much more must be done within the game to support and protect minority groups.


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