Sunday 22 October 2017

Keane tells pupils: 'Step up and report racism'

Showing racism the red card were Roy Keane and Laya Susansabu from St Mary’s Primary School, Dublin 7. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Showing racism the red card were Roy Keane and Laya Susansabu from St Mary’s Primary School, Dublin 7. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ryan Nugent

Ireland footballing great Roy Keane has called on schoolchildren to "step up to the plate" and report incidents of racism in daily life.

The Republic of Ireland assistant boss has said that while a lot of work has gone into addressing issues of racism both in sport and worldwide, there are "still a lot of ignorant people".

Speaking at a Show Racism the Red Card event in Tallaght Stadium, he admitted he was "inspired" and "moved" by the work done by hundreds of school children in attendance, in fighting racism and being inclusive.

"It comes down to the individual, if they see it at school, or their sports club or in the street, then you've got to try to do something about it, where you report to teachers or one of your coaches, you've got to try stamp it out and step up to the plate," he said.

"If you see that sort of behaviour, it's unacceptable.

"The work I've seen there is absolutely amazing."

Roy Keane fan Philip Fitzgerald from Galway. Photo: Barry Cronin
Roy Keane fan Philip Fitzgerald from Galway. Photo: Barry Cronin

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