Kerr launches anti-racism tournament

Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr will today launch an anti-racism soccer tournament while he awaits the next stage in his career.

Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr will today launch an anti-racism soccer tournament while he awaits the next stage in his career.

The FAI failed to renew Mr Kerr’s contract at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign and this week appointed ex-international Steve Staunton to the job.

The Dubliner kicks off the Brian Kerr Intercontinental League, organised by Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) in Dalymount Park.

China take on Poland in the first game of the tournament, which also includes Italy, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Libya, Somalia, Algeria, Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

SARI founder Frank Buckley said: “We named the league after Brian in recognition of his generous support for our efforts in the past.

“It is designed to integrate through sport the different nationalities current living in the country.”

The inaugural game will be preceded by a seminar, Sporting Equals: Integration of Ethnic Minorities through Sport, at Croke Park.

Speakers will include Mr Kerr, TV personality Tracy Piggott and Socialist TD Joe Higgins.

Mr Kerr is believed to be one of 50 names being considered for the South African national manager post, which will be filled after the African Nations Cup in March.

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