FOOTBALL fans around the world have a mixed reputation, but you can always count on the Irish for good-hearted humour.
The fallout from Brexit has prompted many immediate reactions across Europe, but perhaps none more unusual than Northern Irish unionists applying for Irish passports.
With unionist politicians openly advising their supporters to take advantage of their right, Post Offices in the North of Ireland have been running out of Irish passport forms, such has been the increased demand.
However, the correct forms are still widely available in the Republic, and City fans didn’t let supporters of Linfield – the Belfast club with a mostly unionist following – away without questioning their real motive for visiting their Turners Cross home in Cork during their Europa League meeting on Thursday night.
Match goers reported the hilarious, widespread chants of the home support via Twitter:
Qucikly followed by, "You're only here for the passports"
— Denis Hurley (@Denis_Hurley) July 7, 2016
Cork City last night knocked Linfield out of Europe
And Cork Fans sang
" You are only here for the Passports "
— Celtic Collectibles (@CollectCelticFC) July 8, 2016
Cork City fans singing "you're only here for your passports" to the Linfield fans ???
— Stephen Walsh (@corkbhoy32) July 7, 2016
Cork City fans chanting "You're Irish and you know you are" to Linfield ?
— Dermot Houston (@DeRebCelts) July 7, 2016
Incidentally, Cork City's first ever European tie against opposition from the North ended successfully, with Thursday’s 1-1 draw in Cork earning them a 2-1 aggregate win over the Blues.
City came into the game with the advantage of a 1-0 lead from the first leg, which was held at Windsor Park in Belfast last week, and will now play BK Hacken of Sweden away in the Second Round first leg next week.