Policy change on anti-Irish racism by “Show Racism the Red Card!”

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By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

 

Ged Grebby the national director of “Show racism The Red card” today hit out at the fact that a CD containing the racist “Famine song” was on sale on Ebay.

In an exclusive interview Grebby stated that:

Show Racism the Red Card condemns the famine song as racist and we call on Ebay to stop the distribution of this song of hate.”

Grebby also revealed that anti-Irish racism in Scottish soccer would be receiving a greater level of attention from the organisation in the future. Grebby also revealed that SRTRC would be embarking on a consultation process with experts and stakeholders to best ascertain the most productive way forward in tackling Anti-Irish racism in Scottish soccer.

 

This statement comes on the heels of criticism levelled at SRTRC for their apparent lack of activity on this issue by ex-ROI U21 international and former SRTRC employee Kieron Brady.

Brady, who played for Sunderland in the 1990s is Glasgow born but had declared for the Republic, called on James McCarthy and Aidan McGeady to have nothing to do with SRTRC.

Brady stated that, in his opinion, SRTRC had, effectively, done nothing on the issue of anti-Irish racism in Scottish soccer.

I contacted Brady in the wake of this new development. Brady was unequivocal in his welcoming of SRTRC’s new approach to Anti-Irish racism in Scottish Soccer.

 

“It is most welcome if SRTRC are intimating a desire to highlight the racist abuse of both players and by extension the Irish community in Scotland. James and Aiden have every legal and moral right to self-identify and it is encouraging if the body remitted to confront such issues are showing a preparedness to support and sympathise with the players and what they have been compelled to endure. Both players are ‘home’ they are not ‘in the wrong fucking country’; they like so many others have the right to see themselves as Irish, irrespective of where they were born.

People throughout the globe have a national identity or duality that is a fusion of factors and if steps can be taken to oppose the profound opposition of many in Scotland regarding the Irish community then it can only be beneficial in assisting to eradicate those who are enveloped with such hostility. I would hope that throughout the close season SRTRC can liase with clubs, supporters groups and the footballing authorities to endeavour to impress upon them that James and Aiden are replicating what hundreds of footballers globally have done, by opting to play for a country that is outwith their nation of birth and that these players can operate within their working environment free from anti-Irish racism. Hopefully such dialogue can lead to there being more of a general acceptance of people and communities being permitted to be overtly and openly proud about any aspect of their identity.”

16 thoughts on “Policy change on anti-Irish racism by “Show Racism the Red Card!”

  1. jamie

    I fully agree with ged grebby. Racism is far too high. My family also agree with me as the racism is just so ott. i hate it when i go to school and hear people chanting harsh words that are by no needs appropiate. i ahte the fact that my friends get bullied for being from pakistan and africa or even have parents that are foreign.

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  2. Fintan

    Fair enough if you haven’t seen any Rangers fans wearing England shirts… Blind people are as welcome at football games as anyone else.
    Separate the other issues a bit there though because they aren’t inherently linked. Celtic fans would have more of a reason to wear Ireland shirts (I assume that’s who you are referring to) and I’m sure you know why given their foundation. Is that a problem?
    As regards the second part of the ‘concern’ it’s a whole other topic about who was where and did what to who that won’t be agreed upon for as long as I can see. But what I will say is that there is a pattern for people condemning songs that may be of rememberance and commemoration rather than support, and that most do not realise, or care to distinguish betewen them. Additionally, many songs have been sung to describe the actions of a number of Scottish ‘soldiers’ (term used loosely) over the years. And I think ‘sick’ may be a very apt word indeed.

    Anyway…wasn’t this discussion about racism?? Have you any rasist football jerseys or songs you’d like to bring up?

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  3. charlie

    Gotti,
    I have never seen any Rangers fans wearing England tops, But I am aware that there are numerous Rangers supporters clubs in england who travel to all home games.

    England is part of the UK, just like Scotland and Northern Ireland and Wales, If I were you, I would be more concerned with Celtic fans wearing the top of a foreign nation and singing song of support to a terrorist organisation who killed Scottish soldiers and murdered British citizens, Now that really is sick

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  4. Robert James Shankland

    You are quick to take the moral high ground when the celtic fans sing there ANTI-BRITISH songs at all SPL games and spout all the crap in support of a murderous terror group known as the IRA. BUT it wouldn’t surprise me if you ignored this, but its okay for the the catholics to spew out there ANTI-PROTESTANT crap, what i wrote is that not a form of RACISM and SECTARIAN BIGOTRY.

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  5. Robert James Shankland

    You are quick to take the moral high ground when the celtic fans sing there ANTI-BRITISH songs at all SPL games and spout all the crap in support of a murderous terror group known as the IRA. BUT it wouldn\\\’t surprise me if you ignored this, but its okay for the the catholics to spew out there ANTI-PROTESTANT crap, what i wrote is that not a form of RACISM and SECTARIAN BIGOTRY.

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  6. Gotti

    McGeady and McCarthy are Scottish ? Why have you sick people been shouting for them to go home for 2 years if you believe they are Scottish.People with Irish grandparents are intitled to an Irish Passport just as Irish people born with English,Dutch or German people are entitled to a passport in they countrys but it only matters to people in this counrty because these two young lads chose to play for a country you despise.I love it when you see Rangers fans call them traitors then they wear England tops its ironic.

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  7. arniebhoy

    clears what up charlie? his parents, parents were irish, or at least one of them. the parent/s took their irish identity/nationality from them and aiden took it from his parents. no need to be pedantic charlie, or is that a prerequisite for being sectarian and racist?

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  8. FIGHT RACISM

    Charlie,

    Both players are Irish citizens,as evidenced by being Irish passport holders,which is a pre-requisite to play international football.Hopefully if Show Racism Red Card do address these issues,trying to point out certain realities around national identity and origin will educate many which will in time make people more accepting of the complexities of identity.I have friends who are of Italian extraction who were born in Edinburgh but see themselves as at least part Italian,similarly i have friends in Yorkshire who were born in Leeds but who are third generation Indian and they view themselves as Indian.They have been brought up with a strong sense of identity regarding Italy and India so it is not unique regarding McCarthy and McGeady.

    Respecting people is key and both players should not have to endure the racist abuse they have had to take.

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  9. charlie

    James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady are Scottish, both born from 2 scottish parents, i hope that clears that up for you Arnie

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  10. arnie

    t,i am guessing that you are referring to catholic schools in scotland. also just to remind you that nationality can be taken from your parents, if you so desire. should that not apply to players of irish catholic ancestry? would you prefer that they remain eligible for the scotland squad and continue to be overlooked for international football because of their heritage?

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  11. t

    The right to see themselves as Irish, irrespective of where they were born?? I’m sure that your nationality has a lot to do with where you are born. I blame the schools!

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  12. DHANI

    Valero,

    Unless you are a Dundee Utd or Celtic fan (and I suspect you’re neither) you will have no idea when Celtic fans started to boo Warren Feeney, but I can tell you when. It started when he virtually encouraged fans of Northern Ireland to give Artur Boruc the same abuse as Rangers fans do, not that they needed any encouragement. Your fanciful notion has I suspect been desparately plucked out the air, because until that point Warren Feeney had not declared himself one way or the other.

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  13. Valero

    It started before he made the mini ibrox remark.

    The comment isnt based on internet stuff its based on what ive saw in real life.
    Did you get the above snippet from one of the crybaby tim websites you read?

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  14. Ryan

    How did you know Mr Feeney’s religion?

    The abuse that said individual receives is nothing to do with race or religion, rather his full-blooded open air love affair with his beloved Teddy Bears.

    You don’t hear of any other international footballer wanting his home country’s fans to turn their stadium into a mini-Ibrox (or whatever) for the day. Yes, a team that doesn’t even play in HIS country.

    Keep writing your nonsense and believe whatever you have convinced yourself to be true. Did you get the above snippet from one of the loonball websites penned by the nutters of the RST?

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  15. Valero

    Wonder what will be done about the anti protestant abuse that Warren Feeney gets everytime he touches the ball?

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  16. Trish Brown

    Excellent news delighted that this issue is now looking like it will be tackled. I wrote to Ged Grebby about my concerns that nothing was being done to stamp this out and was pleased with his reply so this news today is a major step forward. While I do not know Billy Singh I find it disappointing that while he may have not know what to do next he certainly does not appear to have sought advice from Ged or others on how best to deal with this anti Irish racism. I’m sure questions will be asked as to why nothing has been done to date I hope Billy has the answers to these question.

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