Wednesday 25 April 2018

Lifetime ban for Kilcoo fan over SFC final racial abuse

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE Ulster Council have hit a Kilcoo supporter with a lifetime ban from the GAA as the fallout from the alleged racial abuse at last month's Ulster club SFC final continues.

And there could be yet more sanctions, with another supporter of the Down club understood to be the subject of an ongoing investigation.

The Competitions Control Committee (CCC) of the Ulster Council is due to meet tonight, but the name of the banned supporter will not been released.

The row erupted when Crossmaglen player Aaron Cunningham claimed that he had been racially abused during the match against Kilcoo.

After an investigation, Kilcoo player Aidan Branagan was suspended for six months, but that was reduced to four months after an appeal to the Ulster Council hearings committee, while another player had his ban rescinded.

Aaron Cunningham's father, Joey, expressed his disappointment at those sanctions but the Ulster Council pointed out that the ban represented twice the minimum allowed.

The GAA are set to discuss the options available to them to deal with such issues at this year's Congress, which will be held in Derry in March.

As it stands, they have no mechanism available to deal specifically with racist abuse in the official guide.

Irish Independent

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