Friday, March 22, 2013

Celtic supporting footballer suspended over sick Ibrox Disaster comment

An East Stirlingshire FC youth player has been suspended after offensive comments about the Ibrox Disaster were posted online.

Under-19s player Brett Molloy is the subject of internal disciplinary process over the remarks made on social networking site Facebook.

The move came after East Stirling issued an apology to Rangers over the comments, which was in turn reproduced on the Glasgow club’s website.

A post appeared on Mr Molloy’s Facebook page on Tuesday night, on which said the "Ibrox stairs are calling" before adding "there (sic) f*****g deadly".

The Ibrox disaster claimed 66 lives on January 2, 1971, when fans were crushed on stairway 13 of the Glasgow stadium at the end of a game against rivals Celtic.

On Thursday, East Stirling said: "The allegations made against the player are now the subject of a police investigation. The player has been suspended by the club pending its own internal disciplinary process and there will be no further comment on the matter until these have been completed."

Previously, club chairman Tony Ford said: "I have been contacted by a number of people regarding posts made on social networking sites allegedly by one of our under-19 youth team players and I would like to thank those people for bringing this matter to my attention."

In a statement issued through lawyers, Mr Molloy said: "I have no comment to make at this time whilst club investigations and police investigations into my complaint are ongoing."

Rangers had previously condemned the "sickening posts" about the Disaster and noted East Stirling’s "swift apology".

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