Gorman suspended over Kemp show tweet

Published Wednesday, 05 February 2014
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A former Republic of Ireland youth international has been suspended by Inverness Caledonian Thistle over a tweet which appeared to suggest Orangemen should be shot.

Gorman suspended over Kemp show tweet
Inverness have launched an investigation into the tweet. (© Getty)

The post appeared on the Twitter account of defender Joe Gorman during Tuesday evening's airing of Ross Kemp's Extreme World and has since been branded "grotesque" by the Orange Order.

The episode focused on dissident republican activity in Londonderry and loyalist marches in north Belfast, including subsequent stand-offs, counter-protests and riots.

The tweet from Gorman's account said: "Ross Kemp in Belfast talking about the troubles, wouldn't you just love to open up on all them orange men."

It sparked outrage, with some other Twitter users calling for the 19-year-old Dubliner's arrest.

Soon after the tweet appeared, it was removed and the player's account later deleted.

Gorman, who signed for Inverness in June 2013, has since been suspended by his club pending an investigation.

An Orange Order spokesman said the comment was "grotesque in the extreme".

He added: "It is all the more sickening given terrorists who 'opened up' on our brethren have left 550 children from the Orange family without a father.

"We welcome the fact Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club has suspended the individual concerned, and commenced its own internal disciplinary process.

"However, given the grossly offensive nature of the electronic communication, we believe the matter should also merit a separate police investigation.

"Where a criminal offence has occurred, appropriate action must be taken."

Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron said: "As soon as we were made aware of the allegations, and following a discussion with the player, we confirm that he has been suspended by the club pending an internal disciplinary investigation.

"No further comment will be made until those investigations have been concluded."

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46 Comments
me in larne wrote (292 days ago):
love seeing all the people defending his comments by deflecting it onto what ruth Patterson said ! wonder if it had of been david healy would they have defended him ? if he had of said it on a factory floor the scumbag would be sacked and should be !
seanie in belfast wrote (295 days ago):
disgraceful that utv published rosskempstayed@mine's comment encouraging gorman and others to say more. shame on you
Larry in Belfast wrote (295 days ago):
This person is only stupid enough to say out loud what others are thinking. We are surrounded with bigots but the majority cover it up with a smile and a lie.
oneruleforone in monkstown wrote (295 days ago):
he was born in what was so called peace times and hasnt lived through the real troubles of the past shows that there will never be tolerance in this country
eamonn in belfast wrote (295 days ago):
@Snodgrass. What an idiotic thing to say.What has 'the police state of ulster'real or imaginary, in your eyes, got to do with this.The last time i checked Inverness Cali Thistle were a football team in Scotland. So i would assume any police action to be taken would be taken by police in Scotland.Nothing to do with PSNI as i think you are inferring.
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