Linfield fans taunt massacre dead with sick insult to Para victims

The banner contained a Para crest and a union flag alongside the words ‘No Apology No Surrender’ The banner contained a Para crest and a union flag alongside the words ‘No Apology No Surrender’
By Ciara Quinn

THE brother of a teenager shot and killed during the 1971 Ballymurphy Massacre says he’s disgusted by an insult to victims of the Parachute Regiment flaunted by Linfield supporters at Windsor Park.

Pat Quinn attended Saturday’s crunch Linfield v Cliftonville game at Windsor where a flag was flown displaying a Para crest and a union flag alongside the words ‘No Apology No Surrender’.

Pat contacted the Andersonstown News after Saturday’s game. He described those holding the flag in the Windsor South Stand as “so-called Blues fans” and he called on the IFA to “get its act together” and take a tougher stance on blatant sectarian emblems in football grounds.

“I follow Cliftonville, as many people do, and there are chants which you can tune out from, but on Saturday I couldn’t believe it when this flag was produced,” explained Pat. “It was really sinister to see the flag with the words ‘No Apology No Surrender’. Like the rest of the Cliftonville fans I was shocked.”

The insult was deeply personal to Pat as his 19-year-old brother Frank lost his life along with 10 others in the Ballymurphy Massacre.

“I will never forget my brother,” he said. “But basically someone went out of their way to make this flag. It wouldn’t be allowed at any other sporting ground in the world. The stewards just turned a blind eye on Saturday.

“It was very upsetting to me. Windsor Park should be a place where all are welcome. Acts like this should be stopped and people should not be allowed to dance on the graves of our loved ones.”

A Linfield FC spokesman said yesterday that the club would not be commenting on the matter as it had not been brought to their attention during the match.

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