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sick abuse FAI condemn 'vile' racist trolls who targeted Irish striker Jonathan Afolabi


Jonathan Afolabi. Photo: Sportsfile

Jonathan Afolabi. Photo: Sportsfile


Jonathan Afolabi. Photo: Sportsfile

The FAI have condemned the racist comments targeting Irish striker Jonathan Afolabi.

Dubliner Afolabi, on loan to second-tier side Dundee from Celtic, was targeted for abuse on social media, on Instagram, after he played in their Scottish Cup win over non-league Bonnyrigg Rose.

Dundee have condemned racist abuse and have reported the matter to the authorities.

Now, the FAI have also released a statement blasting the sick trolls who targeted Afolabi.

It reads: “The FAI condemns the vile, racist comments directed online at Dundee and Republic of Ireland U21 striker Jonathan Afolabi.

“Such behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated and the FAI fully supports Jonathan and the stance taken by his clubs [Dundee and Celtic.]”

Earlier today, Dundee said racism had no place in football or in society.

"Following last night’s Scottish Cup victory over Bonnyrigg Rose we were made aware of vile racist messages that had been directed to one of our players. Dundee Football Club utterly condemns racism in any form," the club said in a statement.

"Racism has no place in society. We have reported these unacceptable messages and will look into what further steps can be taken.

"Sadly, this isn’t the first incident in the last seven days which has seen one of our players being subjected to abuse.

"After last weekend’s match with Heart of Midlothian, another player received disgusting messages which have also been reported. As a club we have zero tolerance for these abusive messages and give our players our full support."

Tallaght native Afolabi, a product of St Joseph's Boys, was first capped by Ireland at U-16 level in 2015 and has since progressed to the U-21 side. He joined Celtic from Southampton in 2019 but has yet to make the first team at Parkhead.

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