It's time to end this abuse - Chin

Wexford dual star speaks out in an attempt to bring racist comments to an end

Frank Roche

WEXFORD dual star Lee Chin has spoken out about the racist abuse he has been subjected to his "entire life" in the hope that younger GAA players don't suffer similar taunts in the future.

Chin, who has burst onto the Wexford senior football team this season and is set to face Dublin in a Leinster SFC semi-final next Sunday, made his comments in the wake of last week's news that two club footballers were suspended for on-pitch comments made to him.

"I've been putting up with this kind of abuse for my entire life," he said. "Now at this stage, it feels like it is getting a bit more personal. It's becoming more of an issue for me, and it's not just me having to put up with this.

"There are younger people of mixed races coming up against this too. Some of them may just listen to some of the things being said to them and think, 'Is it worth this at all? I'm not going to bother'.

"And they, like me, would really love the sport. I have learnt in my own way to deal with it when I'm playing, but the only reason I am speaking out about this is to try and make sure younger GAA players don't have to face this," added the Wexford U21 dual player.

'Someone needs to put a stop to this. Young players need to know they can report what is being said and that there will be consequences."

Two Duffry Rovers footballers each received eight-week suspensions arising from comments passed to Chin when he was playing for his Wexford town club, Sarsfields, recently.

It has now emerged that Wexford county board faces a similar investigation into the alleged abuse of a St Joseph's junior footballer, by an umpire, during a recent club game.

The St Joseph's club has written to the board seeking an investigation, and Wexford PRO Rory Murphy has confirmed: "This investigation will be somewhat different to the Lee Chin affair for it was not included in the referee's report. However, a letter has been received from the club which will be fully investigate."

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