Wednesday 13 November 2019

Kilcoo player and supporter hit with lengthy bans for racial abuse

Cliona Foley

A player and a supporter from Down club Kilcoo have received hefty bans for alleged racial abuse in the Ulster club football final.

The player has been hit with a four-month suspension and the supporter has reportedly received a ban of six months, after a lengthy investigation by the hearings committee of the Ulster Council.

Crossmaglen's Aaron Cunningham complained that he was subjected to racist abuse during the game on December 2, and Ulster Council took the complaint very seriously.

It is understood that there was no reference to verbal abuse in the referee's report and that evidence was sought and received from other parties.

Ulster have not yet released or confirmed their findings, but the club have been informed and given the usual opportunity to appeal.

It was not the first time this year that racism reared its ugly head in the GAA.

Wexford dual player Lee Chin also made a similar complaint which resulted in bans for players locally.

And, as a result, Wexford are putting a motion to Congress on the issue which could yet see the introduction of a specific rule to stamp out racism in Gaelic games.

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