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Motion being readied for GAA Congress next spring to outlaw all forms of abuse

Updated: Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012 10:43 | Comments

Liam O'Neill wants the GAA to lead by example in dealing with the issue
Liam O'Neill wants the GAA to lead by example in dealing with the issue

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Following the alleged racial tirade directed at Crossmaglen player Aaron Cunningham, GAA President Liam O'Neill has reiterated his stance to stamp out all forms of abuse.

According to O'Neill, a motion at the 2013 Congress will outlaw all forms of abuse. In Wexford, a motion by the Sarsfield club to their convention later this month would see racial abuse become a red card offence.

Earlier this year, Sarsfield player Lee Chin was also the victim of alleged racial slurs and after last weekend's incidents the GAA are   set to act swiftly. 

Speaking in the Irish Independent, the GAA President said: "I said that I wanted the debate widened, that I didn't want it just limited to one form of abuse. I want it cut out totally.

"This is a tiny minority – the vast majority of Irish people conduct their daily lives without abusing one another, and it's similar in Gaelic Games. We condemn any form of abuse."

The Ulster council will meet on Tuesday night with their investigation into the alleged comments that were directed at Aaron Cunningham during the Ulster club final

"We condemn any form of abuse" - Liam O'Neill speaking on behalf of the GAA

After the game, Cunningham told RTÉ Sport: "I got it [the abuse] in the first half, after 20 minutes and then there was a wee bit of provocation behind us here from the stand.

"Whenever you’re playing football at this high standard, you’re all grown men. To be subjected to that kind of abuse is disgusting, to be honest."

Cunningham's father Joey, a former Armagh player who was the victim of racial abuse in the 1980s, claimed on Monday that people told him his son had also been the target of racial taunts from the terrace.

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