Swilly Rovers’ appeal to FAI over alleged racist incident thrown out

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Swilly Rovers’ appeal to FAI over alleged racist incident thrown out
Swilly Rovers FC’s appeal to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) over sanctions placed on them by the Schoolboys’ Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) for an alleged racist incident was this week thrown out.

Swilly Rovers FC’s appeal to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) over sanctions placed on them by the Schoolboys’ Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) for an alleged racist incident was this week thrown out.

The Ramelton club will now consult with their legal representative before calling a board meeting if required.

Their appeal was to be heard on Friday but with legal matters to be considered, then took place at FAI headquarters at Abbottstown in Dublin on Tuesday.

Last month, Swilly Rovers received a fine of €1,000 and learned all future home games in this season’s SFAI Cups will be played at neutral venues. The club will be required to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme.

Swilly Rovers were represented on Tuesday by chairman Edward Diver, treasurer Mick Geever, secretary PJ Kavanagh, team manager on the day Brian Harte and solicitor Seamus Gunn.

Their fine was reduced to a €500 donation to charity but the other sanctions remain. Castlebar Celtic, who were Swilly’s opponents on the day of the alleged incident, were not represented at the appeal.

Racist chants from a section of the Swilly Park support at a SFAI U-15 National Cup tie on Saturday, March 1, were allegedly aimed at Castlebar’s Thierry Baba, a native of Cameroon whose family moved to Ireland in 2007.

A Swilly Rovers spokesperson said the club have reported the alleged incident to An Garda Siochána and the Health Service Executive.

Swilly beat Castlebar 2-1 after extra-time to reach the quarter-finals of the competition, where they are due to face Kerry’s Kingdom Boys.

Due to the SFAI sanction the fixture was moved from Ramelton to Lucan last Saturday week, March 22, but was not contested due to the appeal being in process.