The Irish Examiner reports that Carrigaline United from Cork have been fined €200 for refusing to finish a game after one of their players was subjected to racial abuse.
Mark McCarthy, coach of the club’s under 15 schoolboys side, revealed that the player came off at half time in a distressed state, such was the level of abuse he suffered.
After consultation with the referee, McCarthy refused to let his side take the field for the second half and told the Examiner:
I had to make a moral decision. I had to decide whether we should continue and try to win the game, or should I protect our player. I chose to back the player, protect him and the club. And we got punished for standing up for that. I made what I think was the moral decision. I think I made the correct decision.
The Cork Schoolboys League’s disciplinary committee disagreed and fined the club for McCarthy’s actions.