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Sunday 18 March 2018

Leinster chief tight-lipped on new racism row

Martin Skelly, Chairman of the Leinster Council. Picture: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE
Martin Skelly, Chairman of the Leinster Council. Picture: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

WESTMEATH minor football star Israel Ilunga will discover tomorrow night whether he will be cleared for action in Sunday's Leinster final with Kildare.

Ilunga was sent off during the Lake County's MFC semi-final victory over Meath last Saturday in Navan, where he was allegedly the victim of racist abuse.

Westmeath are expected to use video evidence and call witnesses to bolster the case of the youngster from the Castletown/ Finea/Coole/Whitehall club.

However, it is understood that there is no record of the alleged abuse in referee John Hickey's report.

As of yesterday evening, Meath officials said they had received no official complaint, while Leinster Council chairman Martin Skelly would not be drawn on the issue.

"As ever with cases like this, we won't be commenting publicly until the process has run its course," he said.

Westmeath have returned to the Leinster final for the first time since 2000, under the management of former Dublin senior boss Tom Carr.

Ilunga has already enjoyed a successful year and was part of the Cnoc Mhuire, Granard side that won the All-Ireland senior vocational schools title back in April.

Lee Chin, who plays for Wexford hurling and football teams, has gone on record calling on the GAA to implement heavy suspensions for any findings of racism, but this has not been brought in by the powers-that-be.

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