Thursday 27 July 2017

O'Neill furore proves how the ultimate example of Western privilege is in taking offence

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (left) and assistant coach Roy Keane during a training camp at Fota Island Resort, Cork. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (left) and assistant coach Roy Keane during a training camp at Fota Island Resort, Cork. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

When Martin O'Neill joined broadcaster Matt Cooper for an evening of gossip at the Bon Voyage to the Boys In Green event in the Cork Opera House last week, few could have expected that what was an evening of football-related opinions would suddenly cast a shadow of homophobia over the team's French jaunt.

When O'Neill mentioned a trip he took to the Super Bowl with Roy Keane, he joked that they hadn't gone exclusively together because he didn't want other people to think he and Keane were 'queer'.

As insults go, it not only sounds like something you'd normally expect to hear in a playground, but something you'd normally expect to hear in a playground in the 1950s.

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