Shamrock Rovers’ fan facing jail over racism charge

Updated: September 27, 2012
Rovers Tallaght

A female Shamrock Rovers fan is facing jail if proved to be guilty of sending a racist tweet aimed at the club’s right-back (Kerrea Gilbert).

The situation has drawn the attention of the Garda Racial & Intercultural Unit.  The fan allegedly tweeted in the aftermath of Rovers’ 3-1 defeat to Drogheda United in Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final at Tallaght Stadium when Gilbert was badly at fault for two goals.

The fan is said to have referred to Gilbert as a  ”monkey c***” and the tweet has been sent to anti-racism campaigners Show Racism the Red Card, who informed the Gardaí.

In on the pitch news, Rovers return to league action when they play host to Dundalk in Friday night’s Airtricity League, Premier Division game.

The game at Tallaght Stadium has a 8pm kick-off, and tickets will be available from the ticket  booth outside the ground on the night.

Graham Gartland and Conor Winn both remain out of the Hoops squad with back injuries, while Pat Sullivan is suspended for the game.

Shamrock Rovers director of football, Brian Laws said: “Thankfully we don’t have too many injury worries, so that gives me a chance to have a look at a few different options. We are all looking forward to the game, it’s my first home league game since I came in and I’ll be expecting a similar performance to the second half on Tuesday night against St Patrick’s from the players.
“We need to put in a good, solid performance and get the win under our belts. We’ll give Dundalk the due respect that they deserve, but as far as we’re concerned we’ll be concentrating on going out there and getting the three points.”

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