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Ex-Tyrone Player Tommy McGuigan Apologises Over 'Punch A Jew' Tweet

Ex-Tyrone Player Tommy McGuigan Apologises Over 'Punch A Jew' Tweet
By Conor Neville
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Former Tyrone footballer, Tommy McGuigan, has apologised for encouraging his followers to 'punch a jew' in a tweet sent in late July during the worst of the Gaza conflict.

The comments were picked up by a number of Israeli based websites. His tweet, which has since been deleted, was retweeted by accounts such as @Anti-SemiticTweets.

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Speaking to the Tyrone Herald, McGuigan has apologised and said his comments were sparked by seeing images of the war in Gaza. He insisted that he was not a public figure and that his comments were 'just a joke for the people I hang around with.' He indicated that he now appreciates more fully the public nature of Twitter.

He said he was contacted by a London based Jewish newspaper columnist who wanted to confront him over the remark but McGuigan said that after speaking to him, the columnist accepted 'it was a joke' and 'agreed to let it go.'

The comments received some coverage in the Israeli press, featuring on the Channel 7 news. The comments were covered by Arutz Sheva, which erroneously referred to McGuigan as 'Irish soccer star Tommy McGuigan.'

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It noted that 'It is unclear whether or not any disciplinary action has yet been taken against the soccer star.'

[The Journal.ie]

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