“At this time, the terms ‘systemic racism’ and ‘anti-racism’ are being used in a manner which twists and turns in attempts to keep pace with the direction in which the wind is blowing,” writes Steve Rutchinski. 
This is the case in professional sport, dominated by big oligopolies, as exemplified by the big football federations. The Premier League is defining individual players on the basis of colour of skin, while turning a blind eye to anti-Irish racism. As a result it is facing allegations of a growing disparity in the handling of abuse in professional soccer. Together with the media in its service, it too is defining individuals as something other than members of the polity with equal rights.
Stoke and Ireland star James McClean is publicly questioning why some professionals have been treated differently to others in regard to online discrimination and abuse. He said no one has ever been held accountable for the torrent of anti-Irish abuse he’s been subjected to, in contrast to Premier League stars subjected to racism based on skin colour. Continue reading
You might not know a thing about Gaelic football, a traditional Irish sport. But not only is it both fun and difficult, Russia now has its FIRST EVER female national GAA team! And today, it plays its first-ever game at the GAA World Games in Ireland.
Ahead of their departure to Dublin, Raw Take witnessed their final training session, took part in it, and learnt the traits of this unique sport!
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Members of the Moscow Shamrocks Gaelic football team.
By KRISTINA MOSKVINA
For the last four years, the Moscow Shamrocks has brought a flavour of Ireland’s national sport to the people of the Russian capital.
Not to be confused with “English football” or “soccer,” Gaelic football uses 15 players per team in matches lasting 70 minutes. Players can bounce, kick or pass the ball to move it down the field, but can only travel for four steps while carrying the ball. Continue reading
Two F-16s flying over peaceful Dublin on a quiet Saturday afternoon
Croke Park is the central stadium of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael), which is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world today.
The event which was grossly disturbed by the US Air Force was the football match between Penn State v/s UCF played on the 30th of August. Continue reading