Anti-racism groups: Investigate anti-Irish abuse in soccer in England, Scotland
anti-Irish abuse in soccer in England, Scotland
There are growing calls for soccer officials in England and Scotland to tackle the issue of anti-Irish bias, after a player and manager say they suffered abuse.
The groups Show Racism the Red Card Ireland, Show Racism the Red Card UK.
And the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland issued a joint statement calling on the Football Association in England.
And the Scottish Football Association “to have a more robust approach” to anti-Irish abuse.
Show Racism the Red Card was established in 1996 to fight racism in the sport, which had been commonplace at the time.
In soccer, if a red card is shown to a player, he must leave the game, and cannot be replaced.
James McClean, who plays for Stoke in the second-tier English Football League Championship.
Said he suffered “sectarian abuse” from fans because he refuses to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day, which takes place Nov. 11.