Saturday 29 April 2017

'He'd walk down the street and something could be said to him' - Wexford star Lee Chin on the racism his father faces

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Wexford hurling star Lee Chin has opened up about the racist abuse his father still receives in Wexford.

Chin's father, Voon For Chin, arrived in Wexford from Malaysia when he was 20 years old and has lived there ever since. In 2012, Chin spoke about racist abuse he suffered on the field, and this evening he revealed that while he hasn't endured any further comments since, his father hasn't been so lucky.

Speaking to Off The Ball on Newstalk tonight, Chin said that despite living in Wexford for over 25 years, his father is still occasionally subjected to racist remarks.

"My father would still be out having a few drinks and something could be said to him," Chin said.

"He could just walk down the street and something could be said to him. And he'd often tell me about it. He's not the type of guy who sits there and takes it either, he'd act on it. For a man like him, he's in his 50s now, it's not something he should be having to deal with every day in this walk of life, especially for a man living in Wexford for so long now. He knows everybody in Wexford and people know him but he still has to put up with that," Chin said.

Chin is a crucial member of the Wexford hurling team, and played in Sunday's Division 1B win over Limerick, which was Davy Fitzgerald's first league game in charge of the team.

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