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Celtic Fans rep Joe O’Rourke makes Protestant Titanic slur

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O’Rourke, the general secretary of the Celtic Supporters Association, replied to a comment posted to him via twitter which stated: “aye while the prods were building the Titanic all the Catholics were building an iceberg.”

O’Rourke then stated: “brilliant, the only problem is, the ones that built it didn’t sail on it.”

His comment sparked a volley of abuse and outrage aimed at the fans representative, before he apologised and deleted his twitter account.

O’Rourke has been an outspoken critic of the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour in Football bill, which was made legal at the start of March this year. But rather falling foul of the same law that he is against, the Port Glasgow resident was given a warning by Strathclyde Police over his online slur.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said: “He has been given advice in relation to his use of social networking sites.”

It is too soon to know if O’Rourke’s position as General Secretary of the Celtic Supporters Association is under threat, however his position as a fans spokesperson is certainly untenable now.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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