Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill this week supported a major international campaign against racism in football.
The Fianna Fáil Senator captained a team of politicians and political staff in a charity game in Dublin this week, organised by UEFA as part of their ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign.
Senator Ó Domhnaill’s team triumphed over a team of embassy staff from Mexico, Lithuania, the US and the UK, and it was the Dunlewey Celtic man that proved the difference between the teams, scoring three goals in a 5-3 win.
Despite being restricted with a knee injury, Senator Ó Domhnaill played through the pain barrier and led his team to victory.
“It was a very enjoyable day and even better to get the hat-trick!” the Donegal Senator said.
The charity game was one of a series of events that have taken place across the country over the past two weeks mark European Football Against Racism fortnight, including an event before the Ireland vs. Germany World Cup qualifier and events at League of Ireland grounds nationwide.
Senator Ó Domhnaill continued, “I was privileged to lend a hand to campaign aimed at stamping out racism in football. Although the problem isn’t as prevalent in Ireland as it is in other countries, Irish sports fans must send a message loud and clear that we will not tolerate racism on the football pitch at home or abroad.
“Events like this week’s charity football league in Dublin this week help to raise awareness of ongoing campaigns against racism in all walks of life,” the Donegal Senator said.