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Sheffield Eagles international star responds to racist abuse online

Sheffield Eagles extended their excellent run of form with a victory over York Knights yesterday, but the day was soured by racial abuse towards one of their players.

The Eagles currently sit second in the RFL Championship table after just three losses all season.

They also made it to the 1895 Cup final and threatened to produce the shock of the season as they went into half-time at 12-12 against Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup before eventually losing 44-18.

It’s been an excellent season for Mark Aston’s men, headlined by star men such as Cory Aston, Kris Welham and Matty Marsh.

Super League fans will also recognise names such as Jesse Sene-Lefao, Anthony Thackeray, Ben Jones-Bishop and Eddie Battye that line up for the side – while Keith Senior, who spent over a decade playing for Leeds Rhinos in their glory years and represented England and Great Britain, is a member of the coaching staff.

Sheffield Eagles man responds to racist abuse online

Sheffield Eagles Joel Farrell in action with Newcastle Thunder s Alex Donaghy during the RFL Championship Summer Bash

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An 18-10 win at the York Community Stadium should have made for a perfect Sunday, especially as the Knights have been unbeaten since Mark Applegarth was appointed their new head coach.

However, forward Joel Farrell, who scored the try that sealed the victory late on, took to Twitter following the game to share some upsetting news.

He said: “I have been made aware of racist comments made about me by a York fan online, this has been happening my whole career.

“I remember it happening as a kid.

“You do not know me as a man, you do not know me away from the 160 minutes you see me play a year.

“Keep my race out of it.”

It’s really disappointing to see that this is happening, but Farrell followed up with a defiant statement:

Farrell featured for Jamaica at the 2022 World Cup and played in two games for the Reggae Boys with the English-born forward being proud of his Jamaican heritage.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time a similar statement has had to be issued from within the RFL Championship this year, as Bradford Bulls also responded to racist comments after they posted a video of an Islamic call to prayer from Odsal Stadium.

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  1. Keith Dickinson

    July 1, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    We have been to York three times this year to watch my son play for Sheffield and each time we have sat in a different part of the ground. I am sad to say that the York fans are the worst by far with there knowledge of the game and the horrible language they use to players and officials there needs to be some in house sorting of this problem many thanks Keith Dickinson

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