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Ireland U21 match abandoned after alleged racist remark made by Kuwait player


The Republic of Ireland U21's fixture against Kuwait U22s on Monday was abandoned after an alleged racist mark was made by a Kuwait player towards an Ireland substitute.

The match in Austria was cancelled in the second half with Ireland leading 3-0 after goals from Ollie O'Neill, Conor Carty, and debutant Aidomo Emakhu.

Ireland U21 manager Jim Crawford took his players off the field as soon as the alleged abuse took place and the FAI confirmed it will be reporting the incident to FIFA and UEFA to investigate.

"The FAI regrets to announce that [Monday's] U21 international against Kuwait has been abandoned after a racist remark was made by a Kuwaiti player towards one of our substitutes," the Football Association of Ireland posted on Twitter.

"The FAI does not tolerate any racism towards any of our players or staff and will be reporting this serious matter to FIFA and UEFA."

It is not the first time a Republic of Ireland youth team has been targeted. In March, Crawford hit out at the "uneducated" trolls who sent "unacceptable" online abuse to members of the country's U15s squad.

The FAI condemned those attacks as "vile and horrific" and Crawford said at the time: "I just want to get it out there that there's certainly no place for racism in sport, in society.

"It comes from a minority, it comes from uneducated people and it comes from social media platforms where people can disguise their names, their identity. The unfortunate thing is that they have a platform.

"It just makes you angry. I just think it's time that we all just work together on this and stamp it out because it's unacceptable."

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