Livingston FC cancels ‘pro-IRA group’ concert over sectarian fears
A “rebel nightclub” that was to be held inside Livingston’s Tony Macaroni Stadium has been abandoned for fear of discriminatory songs.
Charlie and the Bhoys – who describe themselves as “the number one Celtic band in the world | Irish Rebel “- announced a concert on the grounds of West Lothian on November 12th.
But critics of the group say they routinely flout anti-sectarian laws by chanting pro-IRA hymns.
And there was a backlash to the concert that took place on the premises of a Scottish Premiership stadium.
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Marvin Bartley revealed the reservation was made with a third party – Food Creations – before revealing it was canceled.
Bartley is also an equality and diversity advocate for the SFA and has stood up for his club following criticism.
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Twitter users have lined up to criticize the reservation.
@ graeme818 wrote: “If the double standards and hypocrisy weren’t so blatant it would be hilarious. A Celtic / IRA group perform at the stadium facilities of the SPFL Premiership club. Where to start… “
And @ DawnPea38043694 asked, “Is @ dothebartman1 the Equality and Diversity Advisor for the SFA and still in place at Livi?” He will surely be able to help everyone understand this.
Bartley then replied: “This part of the stadium is rented to a third party and we have no control over what is reserved!”
“However, we have a fierce stance on equality and have no room for anything that could be considered discriminatory happening on our premises.
“The event has been canceled! “
Food Creations wrote in a statement, “The event that was posted yesterday in our Almondvale Suite has now been canceled on November 12 due to a backlash of complaints and concerns about the event.
“At Food Creations we take all kinds of reservations all the time for various different events and this one was no different.
“The venue was just booked and asked us to promote it on our page to get sales.
“We weren’t aware of the group’s history until we started getting emails and concerns about the event, hence the reason we canceled the event and removed messages directly from our page.
“We have our own private place in the stadium and can assure people that Livingston FC had no involvement in the booking.
“We can guarantee that we will further review reservations before agreeing to take them in the future so that this does not happen again.
“We work through all ticket sales for refunds.
“If someone has purchased tickets for the event and has not been contacted, can you contact us for a full refund.”