'We Hate Catholics' video causes widespread anger and outrage

A video that appears to show a small group of people wearing Northern Ireland football tops chanting "we hate Catholics" has caused widespread anger after it surfaced on social media on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 26th March 2019, 11:20 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th March 2019, 12:26 pm
A still taken from the video.

It is not clear precisely where and when the video was recorded.

The Irish Football Association (I.F.A.) immediately condemned the video content immediately.

"This is utterly wrong and we condemn sectarianism in any form," said the I.F.A. on social media on Monday.

A still taken from the video.

The 20 second clip shows a handful of young men and women, some of whom but not all, are wearing Northern Ireland football tops while chanting "we hate Catholics" to the tune of Tiffany's 1987 rendition of 'I Think We Are Alone Now'.

"We hate Catholics.

"Everyone hates Roman Catholics.

"We hate Catholics.

"Everyone hates Roman Catholics," sing the group.

Alliance Party leader and M.L.A., Naomi Long called for those singing the song in the video to be banned from future Northern Ireland international fixtures.

"I hope that @NorthernIreland will work with the @PoliceServiceNI and real fans to verify this clip, identify those involved and ensure they are banned from future games. No place for this anywhere. None," she tweeted.