Monday 19 February 2018

Anti-racism group wants Confederate flag banned from Cork games

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

Pictures of international flags bearing the Cork colours have been an ever-present in the terraces when the Rebels are in action but one anti-racism group is calling on the Confederate flag to be banned.

The flag has been used by Cork fans for decades but has taken on a sinister meaning in recent weeks after nine people were killed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina by gun man Dylan Roof, who was pictured with the flag online in the days before the attack.

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) have called on the flag to be banned from GAA games.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner this morning, SARI’s international and education officer Ken McCue said: “We’re calling on the Cork County Board to issue a statement asking the fans to desist because it’s a flag of hatred. It sends out the wrong signals. We would call on stewards to be vigilant to make sure it doesn’t appear in grounds."

A Confederate flag could be seen in the stands during Cork's Munster final draw with Kerry at Fitzgerald park in Killarney on Sunday.

Japanese, American and Ferrari F1 flags are also commonplace when the Cork hurlers and footballers are in action.

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