‘Football for all’…

PEOPLE can hang whatever they like outside their own homes, as far as I’m concerned. Public property is another matter. While flying an unofficial Northern Ireland supporters flag on lampposts might cause less offence than some of the others currently on display, is it really the brightest of ideas to try to associate the NI football team with one section of the community? The fans seem divided. While many fans have benign motives for flying their ‘Our Wee Country’ flags outside their front window, some have been spotted (on a UTV Live report) at the bonfire site beside the City Hospital where builders were reportedly intimidated by loyalists, and flying beside UVF flags in Glengormley.

Note to OWC readers: This is not an attempt to wind you up, but to follow up on some of the excellent threads on your forum!

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