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Gay ref banned from wearing rainbow wristband at Dublin game

NewsBy Alan Sherry
David Gough
David Gough

A GAY GAA referee was prevented from wearing a rainbow wristband at an inter-county football match last night because the association felt it was a political act.

David Gough (31) from Co. Meath, wanted to wear the wristband while officiating at the Dublin Tyrone national league game in Croke Park tonight.

He said he wanted to wear the band as an anti-homophobic gesture and in support of the upcoming equality referendum.

It is understood the GAA were original supportive of his plan but following a meeting of association bosses deemed the move would be a “political act” and as such banned under GAA rules.

A GAA spokesman said: “The GAA is apolitical and does not allow political gestures at our games. Once the referendum was called, and the people are asked to vote, then it becomes political.”

Mr Gough, a primary school teacher, told the Sunday Independent he was “dismayed and disappointed” by the ban which he said “let down” the many gay members of the association.