Recently I posted about the sectarian singing of Irish football supporters who were filmed in Krakow singing 'IRA' and 'F--- the Queen.' Along with a number of other unionist politicians I called on the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to condemn these sectarian supporters and investigate their behaviour.
The FAI has now stated that the association 'does not condone offensive chanting of any description. We are very disappointed by the nature of the chanting highlighted in the You tube clip. Our fans enjoy an excellent reputation the world over and the actions of this small group do not reflect the attitudes or actions of the vast majority of our fans. This incident will be investigated and further actions may be taken as necessary.'
I welcome the fact that the FAI will investigate the sectarian singing and hope that the culprits will be identified and punished. Firm action is needed to demonstrate that such behaviour will not be tolerated.