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FAI to meet over alleged racist incident

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By Harry Walsh

Representatives from both Letterkenny Rovers and Cockhill Celtic are to attend a Football Association of Ireland (FAI) hearing on Wednesday next, November 12, in Dublin, it has emerged.

A delegation from the two Ulster Senior League clubs will meet with the Disciplinary Controls Unit (DCU) hierarchy at Abbotstown following an allegation of racial abuse during a game between the two clubs at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds last month.

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It has been alleged that a Cockhill player used words of a racial nature towards an opponent during the club’s FAI Intermediate Cup game against Letterkenny Rovers, a game the Inishowen club won 4-3.
It is the second time in six months that an alleged racist incident has been reported at a football ground in Donegal.

In March, there were allegations that Castlebar Celtic’s Thierry Baba was the subject of racist chants from a section of the Swilly Rovers support at an SFAI U-15 National Cup tie in Ramelton on Saturday, March 1.

Swilly Rovers were found guilty and subsequently fined €1,000 and directed that all future home games in this season’s SFAI Cups be played at neutral venues. The club were also required to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme.

Their fine was reduced to a €500 donation to charity, on appeal, but the other sanctions remained.

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