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Big Jack Charlton gave politics the red card: Boss refused to front cross-border schemes for fear of causing offence


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Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton

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Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton was renowned for his working-class toughness and outspoken personality.

But the football giant remained tight-lipped over one thing for fear of causing controversy: Northern Irish politics.

His wariness stemmed from sending a taxi driver into a rage by commenting on the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.