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.

  • slug

    Disgraceful. The perpetrators must be caught and put in prison. So as to set a clear statement that this is intolerable, and so that they will not repeat their intimidatory tactics. We cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour.

  • iluvni

    What a disgusting thing to happen.
    Let this vile racist scum be hunted down by the PSNI and shamed in front of the whole community.

  • fair_deal

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=687529

    According to this report the two footballers do not believe there was a racist motivation.

  • Totally sickening, I hope the culprits are made an example of.

  • Spelling, Mr Donnelly.

  • Carnhill

    I think everyone may be gettin the wrong end of the stick on this one – seems to me that there may be some ‘unofficial’ club elements involved in this i.e. Pascal vandequin signed a load of foreign players when he was manager – they weren’t up to scratch and he got sacked. The club are now left with a number of players on decent contracts who are basically shite – not a good situation for a shitey wee club like Institute who are likely to get relegated to the Irish League 1st division. Hence the club tryin to force them out – just a co-incidence that a few boys turn up at their door with baseball bats ?
    Ties in with the player claiming it wasn’t racist – I think ye’ll hear more on this – watch this space !
    May seem far fetched to some, but the exact same thing happened with a few Italian players at Dundee recently enough.
    Disclaimer – I’m not claiming anyone officially connected to the club is responsible for this.

  • Spot on Carnhill. A couple of guys connected to Derry City FC did the same with a Cameroon guy recently

  • Keith M

    Chris I think this blog needs to be re-titled as “fair deal” has pointed out. It appears that thuggish threats are an equal opportunity offence in Northern Ireland.

  • Droch_Bhuachaill

    It dosen’t matter a damn if it was racist or not, (i’m sure the players didn’t ask the bat-wielding thugs what their thoughts were on white-supremacy), it still portrays a seriously sick image of Ireland to the outside world.

  • briso

    >Spot on Carnhill. A couple of guys connected to
    >Derry City FC did the same with a Cameroon guy
    >recently

    A ridiculous lie. For the record, no ‘Cameroon guy’ has played for Derry City EVER.

    Also, the idea of Institute forcing out players at the end of a baseball bat is preposterous! As I understand it, their contracts were nearly up anyway.

  • Keith M

    “…..it still portrays a seriously sick image of Ireland to the outside world.”

    That’ll be NORTHERN Ireland. People here haven’t spent the last 40 years telling anyone who’d care to listen that it was a place apart without reason.

  • I didnt say the Cameroon guy played for derry city. A man with close connections to the club and a brother attacked this man for sleeping with their sister. It went to court where they were convicted.

  • Carnhill

    preposterous ? Don’t think so – if it can happen at a club the size of Dundee, then i’m sure it can happen at Institute. Football can be a dirty business especially when finances are tight !
    It’s a fact that Institute have been trying to get rid of the foreign players that were signed by Vandequin, and have dropped them all from the team I believe.
    I may be putting 2 and 2 together and making 5, but just throwing in the possibility. Who’s got the motive for tryin to get these two fellas to clear out of derry ? Are you sure their contracts are nearly up ? Who would have access to their phone numbers ? All is not always as it seems ! Possible ? Certainly not preposterous !

  • fartrick

    the player was actually married to colleen mcguinness and the brothers didnt think he was the right man so they battered him….

  • fartrick
  • Chris Donnelly

    Thanks Watchman and Fair_Deal.

  • Keith M on Apr 19, 2006 @ 05:03 PM “…People here haven’t spent the last 40 years telling anyone who’d care to listen that it was a place apart without reason. “ I think you need to be more precise as you should have written SOME people here. Not all of the population of NI don’t consider the Six Counties separate from the other 26 and therefore Ireland (approx just less than half at the last count / election). If you are going to be pedantic and split hairs then can I ask that you don’t generalize in your favour?

    Also, thanks for being so quick to point out that it MIGHTN’T have been race related. One news report says it was but another says it wasn’t… and you’ve already made your mind up altho’ I think the jury’s still out on that one.

  • Is there a full article on this story? Perhaps I can upload it to Show Racism the Red Card site http://www.theredcard.ie

  • I have since seen the other articles in the Telegraph and on BBC. I will not upload the articles. I will keep a watching brief on this site as to why the intimidation did occur. If you do hear or witness racist incidences you can report them online at http://www.theredcard.ie

  • Keith M on Apr 19, 2006 @ 05:03 PM “…People here haven’t spent the last 40 years telling anyone who’d care to listen that it was a place apart without reason. “ I think you need to be more precise as you should have written SOME people here.Posted by Niall on Apr 19, 2006 @ 06:34 PM
    Niall and Keith.
    Keith, I’ve always noticed that you set yourself up as the self appointed spokesman of the 26 counties, I can’t wait for the PDs to get well and truly shafted come the next election.
    Sorry for being off topic and playing the man.

  • English

    This could only happen in Northern Ireland!

  • Loyalist

    English

    If you bothered to read the thread you would see that it has actually happened in other places as well.

    It is disgusting. Those responsible must be hunted down and prosecuted.

  • Benn

    It seems that everyone agrees that this isn’t the right way to behave, whether it’s racism or sport or some blend of the two. Why does that devolve into county counting and political posturing? Perhaps there are NO boundaries in people’s thinking because of the boundaries on the map. Meanwhile, try to avoid double negatives! Benn

  • Doctor Who

    English

    As usual you make un-helpful sweeping statements.

    There is no BNP councillors in Northern Ireland, unlike your own neck of the woods.

    Racism is a curse in all societies.