Northern Ireland’s Conor McMannin mourns IRA spell in historic video and expresses deep regret
Glentoran’s Conor McMenamin has apologized and said he is sorry for his role in a video that featured him singing an alleged Pro-Ira chant, which led to his withdrawal from the Northern Ireland team following a formal complaint on Saturday. He returned.
cMenamin was kicked out ahead of a 2-1 win over Kosovo at Windsor Park over the weekend, but Sunday’s flight to Athens for tonight’s game with Greece after the IFA gathered more details on the video But he rejoined his comrades. It is understood to be seven years old and due to the age of the clip, he has now been cleared to play this evening and no further action has been taken.
In a statement released by the IFA, McManin, who made his international debut in June, said: “The video in question was made a long time ago. I’m sorry and I’m sorry. We all make mistakes.
“My international career has just started and I am really enjoying playing for Northern Ireland.
“I am now fully focused on my final Nations League group game against Greece and hope that I can contribute and represent the team in a positive way.”
Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclow explained: “It was fitting that we withdrew Connor from the team when the video was recorded as a formal complaint on Saturday afternoon.
“Now that the disciplinary process is over, and it has been confirmed that there is no further action, we can only focus on the game against Greece, which is what we are here to do.”
McMenamin was withdrawn a day after striker Kyle Lafferty was dropped from Northern Ireland’s squad after a clip by his club Kilmarnock was shown using alleged sectarian language.
Barraclow confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph that the video incident happened last Tuesday at a team bonding night out in Belfast.