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Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne apologies for social media post

Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne has apologised for a social media post about English footballer Raheem Sterling which has since been deleted.

The Facebook post was from BBC News who were asking if Sterling should have been awarded a penalty in the Euro semi-final match against Denmark to which O’Byrne commented underneath, “BLACK DIVES MATTER!!!”.

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In response to his comment, O’Byrne stated, “My choice of words commenting on a penalty incident were not thought out. It was an error of judgement and I wholeheartly apologise for the comments.”

Following his apology, Basketball Ireland made a statement on their website; “Basketball Ireland would like to stress its ongoing commitment to inclusion and basketball’s diverse community, which has been led by Mr O’Byrne in recent years.”

According to a spokesperson from Basketball Ireland, who was contacted by RTÉ, meetings are taking place in regards to the issue and a statement could be made later today.

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Sporting Ireland, which has provided Basketball Ireland with €740,000 in funding this year, has also been contacted for comment on the issue.

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