Adam Idah has informed younger gamers racially abused on-line to disregard the trolls and dream of taking part in for the Republic of Ireland senior crew.
The Football Association of Ireland final week known as in police after members of the nation’s Under-15s boys crew have been focused on a number of social media platforms.
On Monday night, Cork-born Norwich striker Idah, who has a Nigerian father and an Irish mom, was a part of a Republic squad which included 5 gamers with African heritage – Gavin Bazunu, Andrew Omobamidele, Chiedozie Ogbene and Michael Obafemi are the others – for the Euro 2024 qualifier in opposition to France.
Asked in regards to the assaults, he mentioned: “It’s not a nice thing to see or hear, it’s an awful thing. I have experienced it myself, it’s not nice for those lads. Under-15s is such a young age, it’s outrageous.
“You can see in the first team, there is so much diversity in the team at the moment. Anyone and everybody has a chance to play for this country. No matter where you are from or who you are, you always have that chance.
“All I can say to those young lads is to keep their heads up, don’t listen to what anyone says, focus on themselves and one day they could be in this team as well.”
The tenor of the abuse aimed on the Under-15s gamers was that they have been “not Irish”, and Idah condemned that view.
Asked how hurtful that was, the 22-year-old mentioned: “The lads know themselves they are Irish, no matter what colour skin you are, what religion you are. If you feel like you have the Irish in you, of course.
“We are all here to welcome whoever. If you want to play for this badge, then you are more than welcome. They want to put in as much work as everyone else and fight for their place in the team, I stand by them.”
Idah revealed he has come off his social media accounts after being focused himself, and known as on the businesses which run the platforms to clamp down on offenders.
He mentioned: “There should be an identity check when you do set up these social media things. Every company should know who is on their app.
“These things shouldn’t be said. I stand strong with racism. It’s not a nice thing at all and I try to do the best I can to try to stop it.
“But people will always be like that. We need to educate people a bit better, that’s the main thing. Hopefully one day we can crack down on it.”