Friday 18 August 2017

Off the Ball: Still time for GAA to take action on Confederate flag issue

The Confederate flag flying during a Cork game in 2004
The Confederate flag flying during a Cork game in 2004

Donny Mahoney

The unusual event of Cork being eliminated from the Championship in both codes before the August bank holiday is a shock for Rebel fans, a relief for those tired of seeing symbols of racism at GAA matches and headache relief for HQ.

Cork's forgettable summer means the issue of the Confederate flag on GAA terraces will ebb away for the time being. By the time the 2016 Championship rolls around, and these flags reappear, many will have forgotten why this issue flared up this summer.

It shouldn't be this way. It is not too late for the GAA to take a clear stance.

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