In the aftermath of Ireland’s defeat to Denmark last week, ugly news emerged that Cyrus Christie received racist abuse online. The Irish fullback has been a key player throughout the campaign, when called upon to deputise for the injured Seamus Coleman.
However, he received abuse online following the Denmark loss, and released a statement online blasting the individuals in question.
“There have been a number of racist comments which have been brought to my attention during the World Cup qualifying campaign over the last couple of months and most recently last week. These comments are not representative of our fans or our sport. We were deeply upset to not to reach the World Cup finals and are hurting just as much as everyone else.
“It is deeply saddening that racism is still part of the game we all enjoy and love. I strongly believe we need to stand up against these individuals who do not belong in football or any other sport.”
— Cyrus Christie (@cyruschristie) November 20, 2017
According to a report today in the Irish Independent, Christie is set to launch a formal complaint to Gardaí so they will investigate the issue.
While it is noted that the current laws in Ireland surrounding racism are rarely used, this is a positive move which may help to stamp out any future issues.