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Soccer legend locked in war of words as Suarez row rages on

Published 13/03/2012 | 12:12

WEXFORD RESIDENT and former Republic of Ireland international Paul Mcgrath has had better weeks.

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Back in December his tweet: ' As a footballer havin experienced racist comments throughout my career I was saddened to see Liverpool wear those tshirts last night' set off a chain of events that culminated in him being, himself, branded a racist.

Without going into the Suarez issue, which has been discussed to death, the ex-manchester United defender was referencing t-shirts worn by Liverpool players in support of Luis Suarez.

Tweets like that, publicly, were always going to result in further questions of M c G r a t h from media s o u r c e s looking for a scoop. A resulting interview on UK radio station 'Talksport' saw him further criticise Glen Johnson, the only black first team player at Anfield, for not rejecting the show of support.

That criticism stuck in a lot of craws, not only because Mcgrath himself had previously defended former manager Ron Atkinson when he was recorded using a racist term on ITV, but also because he targeted Johnson as a black player.

So Johnson hit back last week in an interview with British newspaper ' The Daily Mail', saying ' that's actually racist. Saying what he said is racist. He is only saying that to me because I was the only black lad wearing the T-shirt. He is targeting me because of my colour'. Responding on Twitter, Mcgrath, for now, looked to put the issue to bed saying: 'It saddens me that Glen Jonson has called me a racist but he is entitled to his opinion'.

Away from the minefield that is Paul Mcgrath on Twitter - what a weekend for sport in Wexford. In football, a win over Offaly was a must and Jason Ryan's boys delivered with a big victory.

There is a train of thought that Wexford are about as attacking a team as there is in the country and the tallies back that up.

Belfast video journalist Jerome Quinn (@ jeromequinn) tweeted '#GAA stat 2 - Wexford have scored the most points in the NFL so far - 67. That's 7 clear of the next best, Fermanagh'.

Meanwhile, down in Wexford Park the hurlers overturned a large deficit to get their Division 1B campaign back on track. With a few of the football squad picking the big-ball over hurling, it was a man that went the other way this year who reacted after full-time. Liam Og Mcgovern (@ Mogymcg) tweeted: ' Who said hurling in Wexford is dead #revolution'.

Isn't it great that the latest instalment in the Wexford G.A.A. drama is just a few days away?


So, in a week when the county footballers won, the hurlers staged a remarkable comeback to stun Offaly, and the ladies' football side finally got a win on the board, who gets tweet of the week? Well, none of them.

The most impressive result, without a shadow of doubt, goes to Wexford Youths ladies who went to Dublin to face league leaders, and 2011 Champions League reps., Peamount United. Goalscorer Cherelle Khassal (@ ckhassal) tweeted: 'Whoopp whoopp!! 3rd in the league beat Peamount 2-1!! C'mon the #youths :D'. Incredible turnaround from the 6-0 defeat against the same side at Ferrycarrig Park in January'.

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