Union extends special welcome to all sports fans
However, rather than being a cause for concern or the beginning of another 'victimised students' campagin, the matter was dealt with in a matter of minutes and had no sinister undertones despite what some may think.
The Gown spoke to Union General manager Barney Hughes who cleared the matter up saying, "There was a break in communication between the security staff and their manager, the door policy had not been communicated and a small number of fans in Northern Ireland jerseys were subsequently turned away". The Union policy of years ago stated that football jerseys of any sort were not permitted to be worn inside the Union for fear of sectarian behaviour erupting as a result. Those days however are hopefully behind us.
Mr Hughes said that rather than discourage fans of any team from coming to the Union to watch a match and support their team the Union "extends a special welcome to Northern Ireland fans" in attempts to build links between themselves and the Union.
The mistake was rectified almost immediately and the rest of the night passed off without incident.