Support Galway United AND Keep Football Abortion-Free

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Support Galway United AND Keep Football Abortion-Free

Support Galway United AND Keep Football Abortion-Free

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In the last ten days, Galway United FC Chairman, Mr Jonathan Corbett, took action to stop a male activist from using the club's grounds as a platform to promote the repeal of the 8th Amendment (i.e., the Pro-Life Amendment in the Irish Constitution).

UEFA rules prohibit the use of signage of a political or religious nature on football grounds. And, according to reports, two letters of complaint were received by the club about a banner which this activist had been displaying during matches since April.

On Sunday, 29 May, the activist was approached by club attendants and asked to remove the banner, but he refused. And, then, on Friday, 3 June, after failing to comply with further requests to remove the offending banner, an events controller escorted the activist from the stands in the presence of two gardaí (police).

Additionally, the activist was handed an indefinite ban on attending future games, until he pledges to comply with the rules on signage.

It was reported that this activist's ejection from the match and subsequent banning from future matches was initiated by a group of female Galway United supporters, who regularly attend matches, and who objected to the nature of his banner.

It is the Galway Football Association which actually owns the stadium, and which advised Galway United's Chairman that the banner was in contravention of their tenancy agreement.

However, it is Mr Corbett who had to follow through, to see that the rules were kept.

Mr Corbett was quoted in The Irish Times, as saying: "We want as many fans in the ground [as possible] but they have to abide by the rules of the ground. If you don’t, you can’t be in there."

This is a common sense approach to a very sensitive issue, which touches on profound moral, social, religious and ethical matters, and about which most Irish people have very strong feelings.

We applaud Mr Corbett, Galway United FC and the Galway FA.

This petition, which is addressed to Mr Corbett (as Chairman of Galway United) and to the Head of the Galway FA, thanks them and asks them to stick to this decision.

Thank you for signing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://connachttribune.ie/united-chairman-to-meet-with-fan-over-abortion-banner-202/

http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/national-league/galway-united-fans-threaten-boycott-over-abortion-banner-ban-1.2676009

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Thank you for sticking to the rules and keeping abortion politics out of football

For the Kind Attention of:

  • Mr Jonathan Corbett, Chairman of Galway United Football Club
  • The Acting Secretary of the Galway Football Association 

We, the undersigned, write to thank you for the courage you displayed by upholding UEFA's rules covering signage of a religious or political nature.

Although we, too, believe in free speech and freedom of conscience, using Galway United's grounds as a platform and amplifier for a message which promotes the repeal of the 8th Amendment (i.e., the Pro-Life Amendment in the Irish Constitution) is wrong.

Such displays are not only political in nature, but also touch on an issue which, for most Irish people, has deeply profound moral and religious dimensions. Of course, this is only natural when dealing with life and death matters.

And so, we are glad that the grotesque "use" of football and sport, as a vehicle to promote an anti-life agenda, is not being entertained by Galway United.

We would kindly ask you to stick to this decision.

With admiration and gratitude - thank you, again.

[Your Name]

Thank you for sticking to the rules and keeping abortion politics out of football

For the Kind Attention of:

  • Mr Jonathan Corbett, Chairman of Galway United Football Club
  • The Acting Secretary of the Galway Football Association 

We, the undersigned, write to thank you for the courage you displayed by upholding UEFA's rules covering signage of a religious or political nature.

Although we, too, believe in free speech and freedom of conscience, using Galway United's grounds as a platform and amplifier for a message which promotes the repeal of the 8th Amendment (i.e., the Pro-Life Amendment in the Irish Constitution) is wrong.

Such displays are not only political in nature, but also touch on an issue which, for most Irish people, has deeply profound moral and religious dimensions. Of course, this is only natural when dealing with life and death matters.

And so, we are glad that the grotesque "use" of football and sport, as a vehicle to promote an anti-life agenda, is not being entertained by Galway United.

We would kindly ask you to stick to this decision.

With admiration and gratitude - thank you, again.

[Your Name]