‘You need to speak up about racism’

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For­mer Dublin All-Ire­land win­ner Craig Dias on how the GAA is tack­ling abuse

ALL-IRE­LAND win­ner Craig Dias has said it is im­por­tant to stand up to racism and has praised how the GAA deals with abuse in the game.

The for­mer Dublin player said he has en­coun­tered racism twice as a foot­baller.

How­ever, he said he was amazed at the level of sup­port he got from his club, Kil­macud Crokes, the Dublin county board and his team-mates. He called on peo­ple to stand up to racism.

“If you turn a blind eye you’re just as bad so you need to speak up about these things, even if you hear it on the street,” he said.

“I’ve rarely got abuse, I can count it on one hand what

I’ve got on and off the field”

He said he re­cently en­coun­tered racism. “The mech­a­nism and sup­port from the club, from the county board and team-mates amazed me. We were called back a num­ber of times for hear­ings...they were there with me, back­ing me.”

Craig Dias

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