Saturday 16 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Bin trash talk on all sides and get on with the game

Trading insults is common, but it can't replace good football

Páraic Duffy's intervention in the Armagh/Laois spat last week was indeed timely as it appeared that a lot of kettles were calling the pot black. It is obvious from the statement released on Thursday that Duffy told everybody to back off as the allegations made were untrue.

The very mention of the word racism sparks fear, even if the definition of that term could not be applied in a lot of cases. The word racism means a belief that race accounts for the differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. It is unlikely that anyone on this island involved in sport believes that of someone from another part of the country.

It's not as if rough language is uncommon on sportsfields of all codes. The Australians, for example, have what by all accounts is a well-deserved reputation of less than parliamentary terminology for opponents in the gentlemanly game of cricket.

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