Duffy apologises over 'IRA tweet'

Published Monday, 18 March 2013
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Republic of Ireland footballer Shane Duffy has apologised after a comment about the IRA was retweeted to his Twitter followers.

Duffy apologises over 'IRA tweet'
Duffy apologised for the tweet. (© Presseye)

The message, which reads "Up the RA", appeared on Duffy's @ShaneDuffy34 account on St Patrick's Day.

However the Co Londonderry man said someone else had taken his phone and sent the tweet.

Apologising, Duffy wrote: "sorry everyone some little paddy had my phone last night tweets wernt me.. sorry if it offended anyone!! cant leave ur phone anywhere now!!"

The 21-year-old said he has received "so much hate" over the incident.

He continued: "Can't do much more ino it's offended alot of people getting alot of hate for something I didn't do. For to much to lose for tweeting... Something like that. The retweets and tweets was not me. Got to accept the hate. Really am sorry for this mess! Sorry guys!"

Duffy, who plays for Everton in the Premier League, represented Northern Ireland at junior level before switching allegiances to the Republic.

The Twitter controversy comes after fellow Derry footballer James McClean came in for criticism last month when he tweeted that his favourite song is Broad Black Brimmer by the Wolfe Tones, which is about a young boy whose IRA man father died before he was born.

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20 Comments
Canice in Derry wrote (491 days ago):
Thank goodness the likes of McClean & Duffy chose to represent their country rather than represent the billy boy brigade.
andy cap in Derry...Ireland wrote (491 days ago):
he doesnt need to play for your wee country to bring shame on it...you fans do that yourself! death threats for james playomg for the south...gibson got grief...neil lennon got death threats...the only country in the world that boasts such a record with their national team..YOU MUST BE SO PROUD
Sean Og in Fear manach wrote (492 days ago):
Why would he want to play for a country he doesnt recognise. There is only 1 Ireland with 32 counties sure.
kev in n.ireland wrote (492 days ago):
Leave him alone
doirecormac in Derry wrote (492 days ago):
I can't believe so many people on here KNOW that Shane Duffy sent these tweets. They must be following him around or have cameras watching his every move. Wise up.
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