A footballer has been suspended after allegedly posting a tweet in relation to Ross Kemp’s Extreme World programme about Northern Ireland that aired on Sky on Tuesday night.
Joe Gorman, 19, who plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, allegedly posted a tweet saying: “Ross Kemp in Belfast talking about the troubles, wouldn’t you just love to open up on all them orange men.”
His twitter account has since been deleted.
A spokesman for the Orange Order said: “The comment made by the player concerned was grotesque in the extreme. 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.”
The Orange Order spokesman welcomed news that Inverness Caledonian Thistle has suspended the player and started 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,” he added. “Where a criminal offence has occurred, appropriate action must be taken.”
A statement on the Inverness Caledonian Thistle website said: “Under 20s player Joseph Gorman was this morning suspended by ICTFC pending an investigation into alleged comments made on his twitter account.”
Club 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 investigations are concluded.