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Friday 18 April 2014

GAA must get tough on racism – Chin

Lee Chin

Wexford dual player Lee Chin has called on the GAA to increase the penalties for racial abuse.

With a motion due before the Wexford convention next month to make racial abuse a red-card offence, Chin has gone further by suggesting that suspensions could be brought into line with what is applied in the same circumstances by the FAI.

Two Duffry Rovers players were suspended earlier this year for alleged racial abuse of Chin in a club game.

Speaking on Newstalk's 'Off The Ball' last night, Chin said he is often "embarrassed" by the racial abuse thrown at him in GAA matches. "I was very shocked in that game, when the two guys said what they said to me, that he was only given a yellow card for that abuse.

"I know they've got an eight-week ban, (but) I've been chatting with one of my soccer managers in Wexford. One of his underage players was abused two years ago and the guy that abused him got a red card and a six-month ban.

"I was comparing how the FAI deal with things, with the GAA. I thought the players got off very lightly with a yellow card and an eight-week ban."

Chin admits that "the racial issue" is something he will face for the rest of his life but is prepared to highlight it if it means a sterner sanction for offenders in Gaelic games: "The GAA should bring in more than an eight-week ban."

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