Racial abuse of Wexford GAA star condemned

Updated: June 20, 2012

Two Duffry Rovers players have been handed eight-week bans by the Wexford GAA county board, after referee Brendan Martin highlighted racist comments directed at dual-star Lee Chin in his match report following a recent SFC game against Chin’s football club Sarsfields.

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Chin, a wing back on the Wexford senior football side, is reported to be extremely upset and disappointed by the incident.

Wexford chairman Diarmuid Devereux said: “Lee Chin is a Wexford man, born in Wexford, living in Wexford, educated in Wexford and working in Wexford. Racism is something that will not be tolerated within Wexford GAA.”

Sarsfields chairman Ger Halligan is hoping to bring a motion to next year’s Congress aimed at stamping out racial abuse.

He said: “We are in the process of working with other clubs to draft a motion to our county board and hopefully to Congress to deal with the issue of racism in the GAA and have something enshrined into the rulebook.

“We support Lee in this matter. As far as we are concerned the matter has been dealt with and the issue is closed. Lee has a couple of important games with the county U21 hurlers and senior footballers in the coming weeks and we wish him the best of luck.”

Chin is expected to start Wexford’s Leinster SFC semi-final against Dublin on Sunday week and has been named at right half forward on the U21 hurling team to face Kilkenny tonight.

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