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Racism has no place in sport –McCartney

13 June, 2011 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said, racism has no place in sport. His comments follow reports in the media today that Derry City Player and Libyan International Eamon Zayed suffered racist insults during a match against St Patrick’s Athletic played at Richmond Park at the weekend.

Raymond McCartney said

“Firstly I want to utterly condemn who ever were behind the reported sickening racist insults that were directed at Eamon Zayed. No sportsperson, their family and friends attending any sporting event should have to put up with racist insults.

Racism has no place in sport in Ireland .Great efforts have been made over recent years to try and eradicate it out of soccer through the “Show Racism the Red Card” project. Show Racism the Red Card is now present in Britain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Ireland.

We need to challenge racism through providing education resources and intercultural activity which support integration. There is a need to be constantly promoting tolerance and respect across the many different cultures in Ireland.

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