Saturday, October 20, 2007

Union extends special welcome to all sports fans

A comment left on this blog a few days ago claims Northern Ireland football fans faced "bigitory and discrimination" when attempting to enter the Student's Union to watch the game last Wedensday night.

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.


Anonymous NI fan said...

Bit late now

10/20/2007 8:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with above. As there been a public apology from the Union or is it just this lame "quickly rectified" rubbish? It should never have happened in the first place.

Union showing its true colours perhaps?

10/21/2007 7:52 pm  
Anonymous UU4EVR said...

Would never happen at University of Ulster. ^^

10/21/2007 7:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another break down in communications - tut tut

10/22/2007 10:45 pm  
Anonymous David Cather said...

Surely highlights a gap in training for doorstaff. As a responsible employer is the Union not duty-bound to provide such training and instruction on general rules and procedures as Union staff will require in order to do their job?

Following last years farce before the Spain game 'accidental slip-ups' like this are inevitably going to raise concern.

10/23/2007 12:13 pm  
Anonymous Kevin Mc Gourtey said...

Cather have you not left queens?

Please F. Off.

10/23/2007 10:47 pm  
Anonymous David Cather said...

Like yourself Kevin I'm gone but not forgotton.

10/24/2007 1:41 pm  
Anonymous Borat Sang Deev said...

Cather and Mc Gourtey should hook up and enjoy good times together.

-Sexy Time-

10/24/2007 5:17 pm  
Anonymous Big Sue Ramsey said...

"They havn't gone away you know"

Gerald Mc Adams speaking on D. Cather and K. Mc Gourtey

10/24/2007 7:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sexy time indeed. Is nice.

10/24/2007 11:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you allowed to wear football jersey's during the day? is it just at night?

11/14/2007 10:55 am  
Anonymous Campaign for a Nuder Union said...

I think everyone should go naked. You can't tell what side people are from if everyone is in the buff.

11/15/2007 10:02 pm  

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