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Sinister threat forces Newry bar to remove Euro flags 

A Newry pub has removed all Euro Championship flags from its premises after receiving a threatening phone call, The Examiner has learned.

It’s believed the threat related to the Northern Ireland flag which The Brass Monkey had erected, alongside flags from the Republic of Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic, to celebrate the start of the tournament on Friday.

Just hours later the bar received a threatening phone call ordering the NI flag to be removed or the premises would be burned down.

The management immediately took the decision to remove all the flags.

UUP MLA Danny Kennedy expressed his disappointment at those who issued the threat.

“It’s a sad reflection on the character of the person who has thought it necessary to issue this threat.  It says much more about that individual than it does about genuine football fans and sports lovers,” the MLA said.

Mr Kennedy said the Brass Monkey is a well-respected bar and restaurant in the city, enjoyed by all sections of the community.

“The owners have been placed in a very difficult situation.  I don’t blame them at all for the action they’ve taken.  The blame rests squarely at the feet of those who thought this was an appropriate way to behave.

“Whoever is responsible for this threat needs to take a look at themselves and catch themselves on,” he added.