"There is one flag for Cork supporters"

16 August 2017

Cork supporters with the confederate flag on the pitch after the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final defeat to Galway at Semple Stadium, Thurles in 2015.
©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

Cork GAA has added its voice to the condemnation of the flying of the Confederate flag by some of the county's supporters at GAA games.

Despite calls for Cork supporters to stop bringing the flag to games, at least one was spotted in the crowd of over 72,000 in Croke Park last Sunday.

The flag originates from the American Civil War and is a symbol of the pro-slavery Confederate states.

It is regularly flown by white supremacist groups.

As reported by The Irish Times, Rebel County chairman Ger Lane told a meeting of the County Board last night: “There is one flag for Cork supporters - the red flag with the Cork emblem on it and certainly on behalf of the board and the executive, we ask whoever is involved in flying the Confederate flag at Cork matches to refrain from bringing it into any ground in future.”

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