Protest planned at Wan­der­ers

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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