Wexford player found guilty of racially abusing an Athlone Town player

The League of Ireland has rocked with the news today that Wexford’s Mark Slater had been banned for racially abusing an Athlone player during their first Division encounter on the 3rd of March. 

Athlone won the game 2-1 at Ferrycarrig Park and Slater was substituted just before the hour mark, and hasn’t featured for the club in their last six matches, including their EA Sports Cup defeat to Waterford.

We were made aware of the ban and were awaiting a statement from the club today, however the Irish Sun today broke the story.

Here is the Wexford FC statement;

“After our recent match v Athlone Town, a complaint was made against one of our players by the opposing team.”

“This represented a serious breach of the club’s discipline and was completely at variance with the club’s strongly-held ethos and values.”

“Our player immediately admitted the wrong-doing, and apologised sincerely.”

“Nevertheless, in view of the nature of the offence and the seriousness that the club attached to it, the club dealt with this internally and took immediate action in suspending the player over and above any FAI guidelines.”

“Both Athlone Town AFC and the FAI were fully satisfied with the manner with which this was dealt with, the appropriateness of the response and with the fact that it was dealt with internally.”

While Slater has apologised unreservedly for his actions, it’s unclear at this stage when, or if he will return to the squad.

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