It is well documented now that Wexford hurler, Lee Chin, was on the receiving end of racial abuse recently…
In a challenge game against Tipperary, a Tipperary hurling supporter racially abused Lee Chin. As could be seen from the video which then surfaced online, it sparked a strong reaction from the Wexford players led by Rory O’Connor who confronted the man on the side-line.
The referee was forced to end the game prematurely as a result.
It’s not the first time Chin has suffered racial abuse in the GAA and he has spoken out about it before, and how his family also receive it.
A Wexford man, Jack Matthews who works as a tour guide at the National Heritage Park in Wexford, has since released a poem in solidarity with Faythe Harriers club man, Lee Chin.
“A father and son stood hand in hand,
As they watched Wexford play from the back of the stand,
They hooked and they hand-passed, caught, blocked and twirled,
When the sliotar lost its place to the abuse that was hurled.
The blocking that followed was the ears of the son,
As his team mates protected, but the damage was done.
“Listen son and I tell ya, black, yella or white,
That sort of behaviour, will never be right,
Let this be the last time racists ruin our game.
Rackard or Doran, Quigley or Chin be your name,
If you’re wearing that jersey, you’re as Wexford as the pike,
As the Slaney, the rissole, the Pierce’s Foundry strike,
Racists will wither, while heroes are cast in stone,
Lee Chin is a Wexford man. He’s one of our own.”
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