Wicklow GAA match abandoned due to racist abuse, report claims
A Wicklow GAA match between Rathnew and Tinahely had to be abandoned last Sunday due to racist abuse, a report claims.
The senior league division 1 game was called off after just 16 minutes following the alleged abuse of a Rathnew player, the Irish Independent says.
By that time, referee Pat Dunne from Hollywood had already shown two red cards and a handful of yellows before a fight between both sets of players forced him to call off the match.
Dunne was the sole match official at the venue.
A tweet from the Rathnew club’s Twitter account claimed: “Ref Pat Dunne calls a Holt (sic) to the match after what he says to our chairman racial abuse to 1 of our players.”
This claim was repeated by a senior Rathnew official when contacted yesterday while Dunne could not be contacted, the newspaper claims.
Meanwhile, Tinahely denied that someone associated with their club had made the comments.
“We had a club meeting on Sunday after the match with the executives from our club and players, and I can 100% tell you we made no racial comments to anyone,” Tinahely club chairman Patrick Murphy said. “We completely condemn racial abuse.”