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Larne Midfielder Suspended After Wearing 'Up The Ra' Shirt

Larne Midfielder Suspended After Wearing 'Up The Ra' Shirt
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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NIFL Premiership club Larne have suspended midfielder John Herron after he was photographed wearing a pro-IRA t-shirt at a Wolfe Tones gig over the weekend.

A picture emerged on social media of the 28-year old at the concert in Falls Park in Belfast alongside former teammate and Ireland U21 international Ronan Hale.

The top seemed to display slogans such as 'tiocfaidh ár lá' and 'ooh ah up the Ra'.


After the image did the rounds on social media yesterday, Larne were quick to act this morning.


Larne suspend player for pro-IRA shirt

In a statement released on the club website, they said they have suspended the player with immediate effect pending an investigation.

Following the circulation of an image online yesterday evening (Sunday), Larne Football Club can confirm John Herron has been suspended with immediate effect.

For the period of his suspension, John will not represent the club in fixtures at any level. An investigation into this incident is now underway.

We have shown that we are an inclusive football club for all, demonstrated not only in words but also by our extensive work in the local community. There is no room for behaviour which falls outside of this ethos and we fully expect members, players and anyone associated with the club to reflect these standards at all times.

We will be making no further comment until the investigation has been completed.

John Herron has been at the club since 2020, having previously played for Glentoran in the NIFL Premiership. He came through the Celtic academy, also playing for Scotland up to U21 level.


He has played a key role for Larne over the last couple of seasons, helping them to a fifth placed finish in the division in 2021/22 and fourth place in the campaign before that.

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