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TD thrown out of League of Ireland game as gardai try to take ‘Delaney Out’ banner

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 13/04/2019 Adam Lacey
Jonathan O'Brien looking at the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

A Sinn Fein TD was removed from the crowd at a League of Ireland match on Friday night as gardai tried to take a ‘Delaney Out’ banner from a number of supporters.

Footage of an exchange emerged online after the banner was unfurled at Cork City vs St Pat’s at Turner’s Cross and gardai became involved.

When things seemed to be getting heated, Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central Jonathan O’Brien attempted to calm the situation and he was removed from the crowd by gardai.

The banner-protest was in reference to questions about the financial activities of John Delaney and the FAI, following the Oireachtas Committee farce during the week in which the former CEO refused to answer questions about a €100k ‘bridging loan’ from him to the FAI.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Delaney Out © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Delaney Out

The Shed End at Turner’s Cross was boycotted as part of the protest, as the stand’s official name is the ‘Joe Delaney Stand’ after John’s father.

Things took an ugly turn when gardai attempted to remove the banner and O’Brien was removed from the peaceful protest along with a number of fans, as he tried to calm down unhappy fans.

O’Brien was one of the politicians who grilled the FAI at the Oireachtas Committee on Wednesday and has repeatedly called for Delaney’s resignation.

It is understood that he was not involved in the unfurling of the banner and was in no way aggressive towards the gardai at any stage, and was asked to leave after being removed from the stand.

MORE ON FAI CRISIS:

Dundalk faced delays after writing to John Delaney seeking their €300k (Independent.ie)

Brian Kerr and Niall Quinn slam FAI for 'large doses of spoofology' (Extra.ie)

If the FAI want to treat the public with contempt, it should be reciprocated (Independent.ie)

John Delaney's long day at Leinster House (The Journal)

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