Saturday 3 December 2016

Martin O'Neill apologises over 'queers' remark made at the Cork Opera House

Published 06/06/2016 | 16:52

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has apologised for any offence caused by his use of the word 'queers' during a radio interview last week.

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Speaking to Matt Cooper on the Last Word on Today FM at Cork's Opera House on Wednesday, O'Neill was asked about the trip he and Roy Keane made to last year's Super Bowl.

O'Neill pointed out that two of his other Ireland assistant coaches, Steve Guppy and Steve Walford, came too, reportedly adding that he didn't want people to think that that he and Keane were 'queers'.

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O'Neill's remark came in for criticism from many and the Ireland boss took today's press conference as an opportunity to issue an apology.

"Yes I was going to address this, if I have made inappropriate comments in the Opera House in Cork on Wednesday evening," O'Neill said.

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"I obviously apologise for it and I will attempt for the rest of my time here not to make such inappropriate comments."

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