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 McGuinness (PFA Ireland)

Ged Grebby & Paul Kearns (SRTRC UK)