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Sinn Féin calls on RTE to sanction racist sport commentator

8 October, 2003


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Sports and Tourism, Martin Ferris, has called on the RTE Sports department to ensure that Sunday Times football writer Brian Glanville is not used by the station in any capacity following his blatantly racist stereotyping on Morning Ireland today. Deputy Ferris made his call after listening to Mr. Glanville, commenting on the numerous stories currently doing the rounds about soccer players, where he claimed that black or West Indian soccer players were more prone to bad behaviour because of their poor education or because they come single parent families.

Deputy Ferris commended Des Cahill for so quickly and quite rightly disassociating the programme from the comments of Mr. Glanville.

Deputy Ferris said: "Like so many others I was appalled at the blatantly racist and disgustingly arrogant comments of Sunday Times sports writer Brian Glanville on Morning Ireland this morning. His assertion that black people are more prone to bad behaviour because of their up bringing smacks of the worst kind of British colonialism from the early years of the last century. I would call on RTE's Sports Department to sanction Mr. Glanville by making it clear to him that his services as a commentator on sports issues will no longer be required or requested by RTE.

"I would like to commend Des Cahill for so quickly and I believe quite rightly disassociating the programme and the station from Mr. Glanville's outrageous comments." ENDS

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