Stokes disciplined over Real IRA benefit

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2012
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club has disciplined Anthony Stokes for attending a benefit in memory of a murdered Real IRA chief.

Stokes disciplined over Real IRA benefit
Celtic and Ireland striker Anthony Stokes has been disciplined by his club. (© Getty)

The Dublin-born striker was photographed at the memorial party last month commemorating Alan Ryan, 32, who was shot dead in the city in September.

A bar owned by the Stokes family hosted the event, during which a band played 'The Ballad of Alan Ryan'.

On the day of Ryan's funeral, Stokes wrote "Thinking of you Alan..." on his Twitter account, which led to death threats.

I am not going to moralise to him, but you cannot damage the reputation of the club.

Neil Lennon

Lurgan man Lennon did not detail how the incident involving the Ireland international had been handled, but said disciplinary action had been taken.

He told the Herald: "We spoke to him. He is aware of that now. It has been dealt with internally."

Lennon said he believed Stokes had damaged Celtic's reputation but thought the 24-year-old player had learned from the incident.

Ryan, 32, was the head of the Real IRA in Dublin was gunned down in broad daylight, and a volley of shots was fired at his funeral. It is alleged his faction was behind extortion rackets in the city.

Stokes signed a four year deal with Celtic in August 2010, after spells with Sunderland, Arsenal and Falkirk. He earned his first international cap for the Republic of Ireland against San Marino in February 2007, but has been out on injury since July.

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13 Comments
WTF in Ards wrote (587 days ago):
Bit much to tarnish the whole club because of one rotten apple.....oh wait....that's what Celtic fans have been doing for years regarding Rangers.
get the facts right in bangor wrote (587 days ago):
julie in glasgow, so you think its alright for him to mix with the scum of ireland?these people are still killing people here and threating more killings etc, maybe if you lived here you would have a different view?
get a gripe in ards wrote (587 days ago):
why cant football players not just stick to playing football, without getting mixed up with the scum of society?
James Doherty in Derry wrote (587 days ago):
Did The leaders of mainstream unionism get disciplined for sharing a platform with the murdering sectarian thugs Michael Stone, Billy Wright & his sidekick Fulton @ Drumcree?
conair in belfast wrote (588 days ago):
David healy was photographed with uda leader and convicted terrorist jackie mcdonald...frank deboer was photographed with mass murder and loyalist terrorist michael stone..andy goram was pictured with known uvf members and holding a uvf flag.
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