Referee Gough 'dismayed and let down' at GAA's ban on wearing Gay Pride wristband

Referee Gough 'dismayed and let down' at GAA's ban on wearing Gay Pride wristband
David Gough

Top GAA referee David Gough has said he was "disappointed, dismayed and let down" by a decision to refuse him permission to wear a Gay Pride wristband on Croke Park.

He had planned to wear the wristband while refereeing at last night's Dublin and Tyrone national league match to show support for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum, and to highlight homophobia in sport.

He initially secured permission to wear it, but in what a Sunday Independent report describes as a "flurry of late-night phone calls", the decision was reversed at the 11th hour.

In a statement to the newspaper, the GAA said it did not allow political statements and that the forthcoming referendum made the issue of same-sex marriage political.

"It's a black and white issue. The association is apolitical. Any member is allowed to have their own political views or opinions outside but Croke Park is not the place to make political gestures. We have been very consistent on this issue," said head of media relations Alan Milton.

David, who is gay, told the Sunday Indepedent: "I was told flatly that I could not do it. I am disappointed, dismayed and feel I, and all gay members of the association, have been let down."

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