Monday 20 May 2019

Chin reveals sister was racially abused


Wexford GAA star Lee Chin with former Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock on the Late Late Show on Friday night.
Wexford GAA star Lee Chin with former Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock on the Late Late Show on Friday night.

RACIAL TAUNTS victim Lee Chin has revealed that his teenage sister Danielle has also been the target of racist attacks on the playing field.

The Wexford hurler and footballer talked about his younger sister's experience during an appearance on the Late Late Show last Friday night.

Chin told presenter Ryan Tubridy that 17 year old Danielle of Clonard GAA Club who has played football for Wexford at underage level, has been racially abused on a number of occasions.

'She suffered a lot of abuse,' he said.

The Wexfordman whose Malaysian father Voon runs the Chin Can Cook restaurant in Bride Street appeared on the show with former Dublin football star Jason Sherlock to talk about the issue of racism in sport.

Sarsfields player Chin endured racist namecalling during a senior football match in Bree last April, an incident that led to the suspension of two Duffry Rovers players.

Sherlock spoke out about his experience of racism for the first time on the Late Late Show and described the abuse he received both on and off the field during his playing career.

Afterwards, GAA president Liam O' Neill said he was appalled to hear of Sherlock's complaint.

'It would be a source of great displeasure for me if anybody playing our sport was insulted in any way or treated discourteously in any way,' he said.

The president praised Lee Chin for being brave enough to speak out.

The Wexfordman said he received a huge reaction to his Late Late Show appearance.

'I got a lot of feedback on Facebook and Twitter.'

'I've received a lot of support since the issue was first taken up by the media,' he said.

'People wrote me letters thanking me for bringing it out in the open.'

Chin said one of the reasons he spoke out is that he doesn't want younger players having to go through what he did.

' This may not have been an issue in the past because there were not that many mixed race players but Ireland is a multicultural country now and you have to put a stop to this.'

He and Jason Sherlock spoke about the need for an anti-racism education programme within the GAA and a change in the rules to impose tougher penalties on offenders.

Chin said he has not experienced racist abuse on the pitch since the issue became public but unless the rules are changed there is no guarantee it won't happen in the future.