Thursday 8 December 2016

McGeeney: Talk could spark segregation

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney Photo: Sportsfile
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney Photo: Sportsfile

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has raised the spectre of future crowd segregation at GAA matches if a "degrading" narrative towards Ulster football continues.

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McGeeney feels the language used towards Ulster and its football teams is bad for the sport and that broadcasters and newspapers should be more conscious of the capacity for division over comments made.

"If it was described in any other way, if any other province got the same descriptive words, it would be seen as an 'anti' thing for that particular part of the country," said McGeeney, speaking at the launch of the Ulster Championships.

"I suppose I know, coming from the North, what that kind of talk can do. I don't like it. I find it degrading. It's one of those things like religion, that people fight over when they all believe in peace and God.

"I hope we don't get to the point where we are segregating our supporters because of where they are from. But if we keep talking the way we do, people will see that (segregation)."

Irish Independent

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