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Bray soccer boss forced to apologise after ‘joke’ on shootings

Greg Harkin

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

Last night, the club said Mr O’Connor had closed his Facebook account and had promised not to use social media as long as he was at Bray Wanderers. (Stock picture)
Last night, the club said Mr O’Connor had closed his Facebook account and had promised not to use social media as long as he was at Bray Wanderers. (Stock picture)

The general manager of Bray Wanderers has apologised for an allegedly homophobic comment he posted on Facebook within hours of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

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Martin ‘Murt’ O’Connor has deleted the comments – as well as another one deemed offensive and racist, which he sent a week earlier. Last night, the club said Mr O’Connor had closed his Facebook account and had promised not to use social media as long as he was at Bray Wanderers.

“Having investigated the matter we are aware of the background to both,” said club chairman and Mr O’Connor’s brother Denis. “It was an exchange of views between him and a) a UK resident and b) a resident of Florida. Whilst the UK [comment] was not authored by the general manager it is still no defence or even mitigation. And as regards his comments on the Orlando tragedy, he allowed himself to be dragged into an exchange of words which are far from acceptable and are inappropriate.

“Anyone engaging on social media needs to be very aware of the consequences of stupid and hurtful comments – he failed in this regard.”

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