Sport Minister Campbell’s Poser as Healy in Sectarian Gesture Row

NOTE: Because of multiple and continuing breaches of the site rules this thread is now closed to comments NOTE Following on from an Old Firm encounter in April, DUP DCAL minister and MP, Gregory Campbell, wasted no time in condemning the actions of Celtic’s Polish goalkeeper, who wore a t-shirt with a picture of Polish Pope and goalkeeper, Pope John Paul II on it. The MP even went so far as to table a motion in the House of Commons condemning the player and the club for apparent inactivity in dealing with the matter. Following on from David Healy’s sectarian flute-playing gesture during the Celtic- Fulham friendly in London over the weekend, I’m sure we can expect a similar motion will be tabled by the newly-promoted DCAL Minister as well as a strongly-worded condemnation…
UPDATE: Fair play to the lad. David Healy has tonight issued an apology for his actions, recognising that, in his status as a role model, “it was a silly gesture.” To my mind, that takes guts and I only hope the IFA and Fulham leave it at that. For the record, let me state that in my opinion the gesture- like Boruc and Gazza’s beforehand- should not immediately label Healy as a sectarian bigot, as some would inevitably rush to conclude. Gestures in a sporting context are often committed to ‘wind up’ fans and players from the opposing team, particularly in a derby setting, where players themselves are subject to vitriolic abuse. However, whilst eccentrics like Boruc and Gazza can be ‘forgiven’ for not fully appreciating the significance of their actions in our very own parochial west of Scotland/ north of Ireland conext, the same could not be said for David Healy, particularly given the week that’s in it.

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