Soccer Blues in Derry

After all of the positive sporting stories of late, this one brings us back to reality with a harsh bang. In Derry, loyalists caused the abrupt abandonment of an underage soccer fixture in the city last weekend after they gathered nearby and shouted abuse at the predominantly catholic players from the Top of the Hill team. The two sets of players sought refuge in the changing rooms and the catholic team required a police escort to leave the area safely.
Now it has emerged that the predominantly Protestant club involved in that match has pulled some of its under-age teams out of the league in fear of retaliation.