ALLEGED RACISM IN LIMERICK UPDATE

After weeks of trawling through CCTV footage, Gardai at Limerick have finally caught the 'Bananaman' who, according to Gael Clichy, allegedly fired a banana onto the pitch at the recent Limerick FC v Manchester City game at Thomond Park. His file is now with the Director of Public Prosecutions. Once again, SARI calls for more vigilance from stewards and spectators alike to make sure that incidents like this does not occur in our sports grounds.

We also call on players to report such incidents to the referee who will bring the issue to the attention of the relevant association. SARI further calls on all stewards and match officials to be fully trained to spot incidents of racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination at sports events.

Over the years, the city of Limerick has made great strides to integrate their international diaspora through Sport, now with the former Irish Rugby International, Ray Mc Loughlin, as Mayor and with a new Integration through Sport consortium involving Doras Luimni, Limerick FC and Thomond Park, SARI is confident that the Treaty City will become a model metropole for cultural integration and social inclusion through the medium of Sport. The city's bid for the 2018 Gay Games and the forthcoming conference on integration organised by Doras Luimni at Thomond Park later this month are indicators of the progressive nature of the forces for change in that city.

SARI would like to express our gratitude to Doras Luimni for participating in the recent Tesco Mobile Soccerfest 21012. Over the years, Doras has been a great supporter of the annual event. We would also like to compliment Limerick FC for making it possible for the players and officials from Doras to participate in our tournament. Apart from competing, the occasion provides opportunities to develop group solidarity and to meet people from diverse backgrounds.

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