Councillor 'heckled' Man U star

01 July 2009 02:31
A Traditional Unionist Voice councillor may be disciplined over reports he heckled former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg. The Munich air disaster survivor was speaking at a charity fundraiser in Ballymena for the Antrim Milk Cup team. Eyewitnesses said Councillor Robin Stirling shouted at Mr Gregg during his speech at the weekend. A police spokesperson said officers were called to the restaurant but no arrests were made. Mr Gregg told the Ballymena Times he did not feel he had been singled out for abuse by Mr Sterling. "He was just shouting at the top table. To me, he was just a big noisy man who was annoying everybody in the room," he said. Mr Gregg told the paper that it appeared Mr Stirling was drunk. DUP assembly member Simon Hamilton has commented on the incident on his Twitter blog. He wrote: "Didn't see any mention of getting p*ssed up and abusing football legends in TUV manifesto." One person who was at the dinner claimed Mr Stirling said: "If you want me out, get the police. "I'm a TUV councillor and you'll not put me out. I know a really good lawyer, he's a QC and he'll beat you all on the law." 'Unacceptable' A spokesperson for Traditional Unionist Voice said it would be unfair for the party to pass judgement before Mr Stirling had the opportunity to state his case. "Mr Stirling has been difficult to contact over the past few days, I suppose that's understandable enough," he said. "It's obviously something that the party could do without - it may well be the subject of disciplinary proceedings inside the party. "The party constitution states if somebody brings the party into disrepute, they can be disciplined. I would stress Harry Gregg is a gentleman and what was said about him was totally unacceptable." Harry Gregg spent 10 years with Manchester United and gained 25 caps for Northern Ireland. He was voted goalkeeper of the tournament at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden when Northern Ireland reached the quarter finals. In February that year, he was involved in the Munich air disaster when a plane carrying Manchester United footballers back from a European tie in Belgrade crashed in a blizzard after refuelling at Munich airport. Mr Gregg pulled to safety from the wreckage one of his fellow passengers, the pregnant wife of a Yugoslav diplomat.

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