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Glentoran Fans Have Taken A Very Contentious Stance On Refugee Crisis Donations

Glentoran Fans Have Taken A Very Contentious Stance On Refugee Crisis Donations

On Sunday, Cliftonville released a statement saying that it will be donating £1 for 'every paying adult' who attends this weekend's home game against Glentoran to the refugee crisis.

In this, it is following the lead of Porto, who proposed that all Champions League clubs donate €1 from every ticket sale to help the solve the refugee crisis.

However, a significant portion of this weekend's visiting support are not happy.

After consulting their members, the Glentoran East Belfast Supporters Club have announced that they will now not be attending the game and will not be running a bus to the match.

This, they say, is in protest at supporters not having a say in where the money is donated, and the fact that supporters were not consulted over whether they wished to donate at all. With a few exceptions, the bulk of commenters have expressed support for this stance.

One supporter did point out that once the admission fee is paid over, it is the home club's money at that point.

The Glentoran Supporters Club have presumably never had a say on what Cliftonville FC choose to do with their own money.

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But the fact that a portion of the gate is going towards the refugee crisis seems to have rankled.

Statement We at 1st East Belfast GSC have after asking each member came to the conclusion that due to the current...

Posted by Ist East Belfast Gsc on Monday, 14 September 2015

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Glentoran FC themselves (as opposed to their supporters) have tweeted in support of the '90 minutes for hope' project in aid of the refugees, but any of the supporters who responded were hostile to the message.

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Conor Neville
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