The Professional Footballers Association of Ireland has called on the SFA to address the anti-Irish racism that Neil Lennon is subjected to.
On November 2 the Hibs boss went public with the anti-Irish abuse that he suffers on a daily basis, listing some of the names he is called in addition to the abusive chants directed at him inside football grounds.
In May of this year Lennon spoke out about the sectarian songs aimed at him during a 5-5 draw with Sevco, no action was taken against the Ibrox club while the Irishman picked up a touchline ban for impersonating an airplane.
Lennon’s comments were followed by social media comments by James McClean of Stoke City which prompted PFA Ireland into this statement.
Football Associations must respond with investigations of anti Irish racism
The FA have announced that they have investigated and warned James McClean for use of language arising from a post he put up on Instagram in which he referred to supporters who were abusing him.
This statement is a joint call from Show Racism the Red Card Ireland, Show Racism the Red Card UK and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland to both the Football Association in England and the Scottish Football Association to have a more robust approach to abuse faced by players like James McClean and managers such as Neil Lennon.
Racism on the basis of colour, nationality, religion or ethnicity is not acceptable and all within the game have a responsibility to respond appropriately.
James McClean has stood in solidarity with team mates who have experienced racism and spoken out. We stand in solidarity with James McClean, Neil Lennon and all those who experience racism.
We call on both the Football Association in England and the Scottish Football Association to investigate all incidents of anti-Irish discrimination.
We also call on both associations to invest funding in anti-racism education to help both supporters and young people understand the dangers and the impact of racism.
Garrett Mullan (SRTRC Ireland)
Stephen Mc Guinness (PFA Ireland)
Ged Grebby & Paul Kearns (SRTRC UK)
Six days after Lennon’s statement there has been no comment from the SFA, PFA (Scotland) and a token tweet from Show Racism the Red Card Scotland.
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