Tuesday 25 April 2017

‘F**k off back to your own country yous n****rs’ – Vile racist messages posted about Irish junior basketball team

Basketball Ireland president Gerard Kelly condemned the abuse
Basketball Ireland president Gerard Kelly condemned the abuse
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

GARDAI have been called in after the Irish junior basketball team were subjected to a vile racist rant online.

The comments were posted anonymously on controversial website ask.fm.

Officials at Basketball Ireland found the remarks so offensive that they asked the gardai to investigate.

One post read: “F**k off back to your own country yous n****rs and c***y b*****ds yous are not even Irish and yous are taking the real Irish people’s place on the squad. (sic)”

The anonymous racist troll even singled out members of the under-15s team for individual abuse.

The troll named one member of the team who had recently left and said: "Glad (he) went back one less swine to deal with."

In a statement Basketball Ireland president Gerard Kelly said: 

"In recent days we have become aware of an outrageous message posted anonymously online concerning some of our our underage players.

“Our Secretary General has begun an urgent investigation which involves the site administrators of ask.fm and the Gardai. We are determined to unmask the coward or cowards behind this message.

“We, the members of Basketball Ireland, would like to remind our community that there is no room for discrimination in our sport.

“Our children, our talent and our community are the most important things we have in basketball. We cannot let the toxicity of discrimination of any kind or on any level threaten us.”

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