Threats force footballers to quit local team

Two Irish league footballers have been forced to quit the Institute team and flee Derry after being subjected to threats at their Waterside home in the city. The footballers, from Belgium and France, have been receiving threatening phone calls for the past three weeks, but the final straw was the appearance of a baseball-bat wielding gang at their home who threatened to shoot the players.
Update: On an interview carried on UTV Live tonight, the players are indicating that they do not believe the threats were motivated by racism.