County news: Brighton player criticised for tribute to ex-IRA man Martin McGuinness

A Brighton and Hove Albion footballer has been criticised after paying tribute to Martin McGuinness, the man behind the IRA bomb at the Grand Hotel in 1984.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 1:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:15 pm
Shane Duffy. Picture by Phil Westlake (PW Sporting Photography)

Mr McGuinness, 66, died in hospital after suffering with a rare heart condition. He was the Northern Ireland deputy first minister and a former IRA commander.

Albion defender Shane Duffy took to Twitter, and said: “More tragic news this morning, RIP Martin Mc Guinness a true hero for many of us god bless your family and close ones #ireland.”

But he was criticised by some followers.

Allan McRitchie said: “God bless his victims and their families and loved ones, murderer and terrorist nothing more, and you play for Brighton.”

Another, Olly Dillingham‏ simply said: “Grand Hotel BRIGHTON? Shameful!”

Oliver Allan‏ said: “A truly ridiculous tweet considering who he plays for.”

But Mr Duffy responded: “I’ll always stand by what and who I support, it’s the way I was brought up.”

Five people were killed in the attack on Brighton’s Grand Hotel, which was holding the Conservative Party conference at the time.