Nazi flag row at the Brandywell

The German Nazi flag was erected during Derry City F.C.'s match with Dundalk F.C. at the Brandywell on Friday.
The German Nazi flag was erected during Derry City F.C.'s match with Dundalk F.C. at the Brandywell on Friday.

There was widespread anger yesterday after it was revealed a German Nazi Party flag bearing a swastika was erected during Derry City’s game against Dundalk F.C. at the Brandywell on Friday night.

The Sunday Journal understands a spectator at the game erected the flag during the second half but it was quickly taken down again by Derry City supporters.

It is also believed that the individual responsible for erecting the flag was ejected from the ground by officials.

One source told the Sunday Journal the individual responsible will not be allowed to enter the Brandywell again.

“Senior ground management were livid at what happened and I know that all measures will be taken to make sure this individual does not re-enter Brandywell Stadium ever again,” he said.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said the flag had “no place in society”.

“There is no place for racist, fascist, sectarian flags or emblems in society never mind a football ground.

“Derry prides itself as a welcoming city and Irish soccer fans are renowned across the world for their hospitality.”

SDLP MLA for Foyle Mark H Durkan said he was “appalled” at the incident and called on Derry City F.C. to launch a full investigation into the matter.

“I am absolutely appalled. I’ve been going to the Brandywell all my life and this is the first time I have ever heard of anything like this. I didn’t actually see the incident but it has no place in football.

“There should be zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour.”

Repeated attempts were made to seek a comment from Derry City F.C. however at the time of going to press no one had responded to our call.