A spectator who racially abused Wexford hurling captain Lee Chin earlier this month, has been hit with a 48 week ban by the GAA.
Chin was subjected to this abuse by a spectator during a charity match between Wexford and Tipperary in Carrick-on-Suir.
This incident occurred towards the end of the game, when Chin’s Wexford team mates confronted the culprit, after taking exception to his offensive comments.
With tempers flaring, a fracas occurred, resulting in referee John Keenan blowing the full time whistle with two minutes remaining of the match.
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Following this, a business man in his 50s was identified as the culprit, and was handed down this 48 week suspension from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC).
The culprit was identified following an extensive review of video evidence by chiefs, while the incident was also noted in the referee’s match report.
It has also been reported that the spectator in question has since issued a letter of apology to Lee Chin.
He also has a right to appeal this decision, and this 48 week ban may be halved to 24 weeks, if he completes appropriate training or education.
Lee Chin has not commented on the matter, as Wexford continue to focus to the Leinster SHC round robin series.
Wexford take on Antrim in round 2 of the championship, having lost out to Galway in the opening round by 0-24 to 2-12, with Chin having missed the defeat due to injury.
However, Chin had been named in the side to start against the Tribesmen, having previously suffered an AC joint injury in training a few weeks ago.