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Sunday 25 February 2018

Racially-abused player warns GAA to act

Footballer and hurler Lee Chin
Footballer and hurler Lee Chin

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GAA chiefs have been warned to tackle racism in the game or risk losing talented young players.

Wexford hurler and footballer Lee Chin (20), who says he has been targeted since he was a child, wants tougher penalties for players found guilty of racial abuse.

He spoke of his disappointment after a motion on increasing bans for racist behaviour was ruled out of order.

"The GAA have to do something about it," he said.

Chin, whose father is Malaysian, said the motion was shot down because of red tape.

However, GAA HQ can make exceptions, and it plans to formulate a new motion for Congress in Derry next month.

Chin said his sister, Danielle (17), who plays football for Clonard, has also been subjected to racist name-calling.

"I've had this since I was a kid, but much more so in sport," he said.

"If the GAA don't protect players, mixed-race children won't want to play the game and it won't last very long into the future."

Irish Independent

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