‘A lot of the players I’ve seen are very quiet and not really going for attention’: ‘A bit of a surprise’
The Irish Football Association have warned they will be in the news again.
It has emerged that a number of players, including Rory Best, Kieran Tierney and Kieran Lagerwey, have been subject to disciplinary action by the Irish FA in the wake of allegations of racism.
The latest development in the fallout of the racist comments allegedly made by former England captain and current Ireland coach Steve McClaren last week comes on the heels of an article published on Monday in the Irish Times that detailed allegations of racial abuse made against Lagerwijk and Tierney in the aftermath of the 1-0 victory over France in France’s Champions League match on Wednesday.
According to the newspaper, the player was subjected to “the kind of racial vilification” that has become commonplace in English football in recent years.
It is alleged that after Tierney scored the winning goal in the third minute of the match, an English supporter approached the midfielder and demanded to speak to him.
It was alleged that when the supporter declined, he punched him in the face and chest.
The article said that after the match the two players were subjected to a “very aggressive” and “profane” conversation, with Tierney being asked to explain what he was thinking about and why he was playing at the French team.
It continued: “When Tierney returned to his team after the game, he was subjected again to the kind of racist vilification that has taken place in English English football and that has been the result of this player not wanting to speak up against what is happening in English society.”
We have had to make the decision to remove him from our squad.
I can only assume this is not a decision we take lightly.
“The article also claimed that on the day of the France game, Tierney told reporters that the racism in English sport was the “biggest problem” in the country.
It added: “It’s really important for us to acknowledge that this is something that’s a problem and that it’s something we can tackle.”
On Monday, McClaren was criticised for not immediately condemning the racist abuse of his players.
The FA chairman John Delaney said in a statement that he has spoken to both players, but that Tierney is “very angry” and Tierneys “unrepentant and sincere” response to the racist treatment.
He said: “The FA is committed to the highest standards of behaviour and behaviour will be looked at.
“However, I cannot be complacent when I see that the actions of those who are on the field have been so reprehensible.”
I am satisfied that the FA has taken steps to ensure the safety of our players and staff and the FA will be making further comments in due course.
“This incident is an appalling abuse of the trust placed in them and we want to assure them that we are taking the necessary steps to address it.”
Tierney has said that he will be looking at his future in the English game and that he would be prepared to “play wherever the club wants to play”.
The FA have been accused of having a “soft hand” on the players.
Last month, former England and England manager Roy Hodgson said he would not be surprised if the FA acted against the players if they behaved badly in future.
McClaren’s comments come on the back of another article published by the newspaper last week in which the FA claimed that they would be “in the news for a long time”.
It said:”The FA are facing a backlash of the kind they haven’t seen in decades.
“The truth is that the best footballers are the ones who are white and are fit and have the right attitude. “
“They will never win if they do not put the right people in the right positions to support them and to be supportive of them.””
In response, the FA have issued a statement to The Irish Sun in which they said:’We are aware of the recent article published in The Irish News which claims that the English FA are ‘in the media spotlight’.'”
They will never win if they do not put the right people in the right positions to support them and to be supportive of them.”
In response, the FA have issued a statement to The Irish Sun in which they said:’We are aware of the recent article published in The Irish News which claims that the English FA are ‘in the media spotlight’.’
The FA take all these allegations seriously and take them seriously every day.’
The actions of individuals, clubs and organisations that support racist and anti European views, and which fail to recognise that these views do not reflect the vast majority of football fans, have no place in the game.’
We will make no further comment until the FA and the players have addressed the allegations.’
As this matter is being dealt with, we are not making any further comment.’