Northern Ireland

Boxing club complains of 'sectarian abuse' at east Belfast event

Tommy Kelly, Dockers Boxing Club coach Image copyright BBC Kevin Sharkey
Image caption Dockers Boxing Club coach Tommy Kelly said boys and their parents were called 'Fenian scum'

A cross-community boxing club in Belfast has said more needs to be done to stamp out sectarian abuse.

The Dockers Club said its supporters were verbally abused at the end of a tournament in east Belfast on Thursday.

The bouts were organised by the Antrim County Boxing Board and staged at the council-owned Avoniel leisure centre.

Dockers coach, Tommy Kelly, said: "In all my years attending tournaments in all parts of the community, I never heard abuse like it.

"Some of our young lads and their parents were called 'Fenian scum'," he added.

'Felt a threat'

One of the parents, who said she was abused, is a Protestant from the Shore Road area of north Belfast.

She said: "From inside, it actually escalated outside, and we felt a threat then."

Both the Antrim Boxing Board and Belfast City Council have confirmed that they are "aware of an incident".

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