Shamrock Rovers have condemned abusive language that appeared anonymously in the YouTube hosted stream of the recent Women’s Under 17 National League Final between the club and Cork City.
Cork prevailed in the final 2-0 but it was a series of “hurtful and hateful” comments which were central post-match.
What comes with playing girls football in Ireland 👌🏻👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/saQwjnVTqu— Jessie Stapleton (@JessStapleton_) December 23, 2020
In a club statement, Rovers said: “We are extremely proud of our Under-17 Women’s team and management who, in their first season, made it all the way to the League Final.
“All of the girls are eligible for Under-17 football next year. They are a fantastic group who train with our boys teams also at the Academy. These girls have achieved so much, so soon and are the foundation of our developing women’s football section at the club.
“We admire the dignity and solidarity that our Under 17 girls players have maintained this week. The club recognises the offense caused, and it offers its full support to the girls and their families.
“We uphold the 20X20 vision that ‘if she can’t see it, she can’t be it.’ We are committed to establishing a safe and effective method for streaming or broadcasting our girls and women’s football. They deserve to be seen.
“Racist language, such as was levelled during the boys’ U-17 final earlier in the week, and sexist language such as what appeared during the Girls’ final, will not be tolerated by our club.
“There is no place for these mentalities in football or in society. Shamrock Rovers F.C. will do everything in its power to adopt positive measures to protect and promote its players.”