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Friday 20 September 2019

Ban them for life, says councillor

THE TWO players who racially abused Lee Chin should be suspended from the GAA for life, according to the chairman of his former club, St. Mary's of Maudlintown.

'They shouldn't get two months suspension, they should be banned for life out of it,' said Paddy Nolan (pictured), a Fianna Fail councillor in Wexford.

'No young chap should have to put up with comments like that.'

'He is 100 times better than the people who made those comments. That is why he is on the inter-county panel,' said Cllr. Nolan.

Paddy recalled that Lee joined the Mary's when he was about five or six years old. 'He was always a brilliant little footballer.' 'The last time the Mary's won the U. 16 county final, he captained the team,' he said. The club chairman said he first heard about the racism episode on the radio last week.

'It's a sad, sad day for the GAA to hear that these things were said about a young lad who was brought up in the GAA,' he said. 'He gives his level best to a team and he shouldn't have to put up with comments like that.' Cllr. Nolan said he was delighted the issue has been highlighted. 'We're all races and creeds now and everyone should be treated with the same respect. Anyone who wants to come and join the Mary's is welcome,' he said.

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