Larne F.C. Ban Footballer Who Brandished Tired Old Republican IRA Slogan At Music Event

Larne F.C. - John Herron -

In the North, a Larne football player’s been suspended after he was photographed wearing a jersey that appeared to say ‘tiochfaidh ar la, up the ra‘.

The incident has been widely condemned. The image of former Celtic player John Herron was circulated online on Sunday evening.

Its believed the image was taken at Féile an Phobail in West Belfast where the Wolfe Tones were playing last night.

Herron, who has also played for Blackpool, Raith Rovers and Glentoran, was pictured alongside Cliftonville player Ronan Hale, with Herron appearing to wear a t-shirt emblazoned with the caption: “Tiocfaidh ár lá, sing up the Ra, ooh ah up the Ra.”

The Scottish midfielder has now been told by Larne he won’t represent them in fixtures at any level with immediate effect.

In a statement released by the club, they’ve said an investigation is underway. The club added they’ve shown they are an inclusive football club for all and there is no room for behaviour which falls out of that ethos.

-Statement from Larne Football Club-

Following the circulation of an image online yesterday evening (Sunday), Larne Football Club can confirm John Herron has been suspended with immediate effect.

For the period of his suspension, John will not represent the club in fixtures at any level. An investigation into this incident is now underway.

We have shown that we are an inclusive football club for all, demonstrated not only in words but also by our extensive work in the local community. There is no room for behaviour which falls outside of this ethos and we fully expect members, players and anyone associated with the club to reflect these standards at all times.

We will be making no further comment until the investigation has been completed.