Tuesday 20 February 2018

Jody Corcoran: My unease at reality of discrimination

Acts of racism go far beyond the abuse of GAA players of African descent

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

The Westmeath minor football manager, Tommy Carr, has made a timely intervention on the subject of racism in the GAA. "Unless the GAA sends out a clear signal that this will not be tolerated, it is not going to change," he said.

There were three African-Irish players on the Westmeath team that played Meath in a recent championship match, one of whom was born here and two whose families immigrated here.

Carr has said he was particularly shocked to hear a section of Meath supporters making racist chants when one of these players was sent off, a decision that was rescinded on appeal. Lest there be any doubt, Carr, a former Dublin senior football manager, told the Irish Independent: "You can hear it on the match DVD and we heard it ourselves from behind us in the stands. They were making monkey sounds."

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