Protest planned at Wanderers
BRAY Wanderers fans are planning a protest walk to the Carlisle Grounds this Saturday, July 2, following controversial Facebook posts by the club’s General Manager Martin O’Connor.
O’Connor wrote a ‘joke’ about the killing of 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, and shared a picture apparently depicting a black English footballer as a monkey. Bray Wanderers Independent Supporters (BWIS) said that the walk will start at Axa on the Dublin Road at 6.30 p.m. Bray Wanderers will be playing Wexford Youths.
BWIS said they were outraged and they called for Martin O’Connor to be removed from his post. Organisers said that political posters will not be welcomed at the walk.
‘Anyone engaging on social media needs to be very aware of the consequences of stupid and hurtful comments - he failed in this regard,’ said the club in a statement following the posts.
‘ The General Manager has apologised and closed his Facebook page. He has also undertaken to not engage in any social media as long as he is involved with the club.’
Supporter Terry O’Neill said that the FAI have been very active in promoting the spirit of fair play, and have, through their anti-racism campaign ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ advocated a zero tolerance policy towards racism.
‘I feel this man should not be in a position to represent our club or the Airtricity league,’ said Mr O’Neill.