Football is a family of team , Football much more than a game for Pearl Slattery
A glance at Pearl Slattery’s tattoos tells you much about her life and loves. There’s a bird symbolising the sister she never knew, her older sibling’s twin who died at the age of three.
Her late beloved grandfather is similarly memorialised. There’s a tribute to her mother Patricia McCann’s work as a playwright. And the Dublin skyline portrays the home town she missed so much when she was at college in the United States.
And there’s another tattoo depicting the greatest of all her passions: football.
So, when she was told less than three months ago that she would, more than likely, have to sit out Shelbourne’s season, including the Champions League qualifying campaign the club are currently competing in, her shock over her health scare
A lot of people aren’t happy with ESPN’s decision to reassign play-by-play broadcaster Robert Lee — so that he will no longer cover a football game at the University of Virginia next month because his name is similar to that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. And they’re tweeting out their dismay.
ESPN’s Lee is Asian American, and folks on Twitter are saying the move to reassign him is racist in itself, pointing out the irony of “punishing” an American of Asian background for the sins of a white man during the Civil War. ESPN said the decision was made by both parties, but that hasn’t tempered the wrath of onlookers.
was matched only by her despair over having to hang her boots up for the time being.
Come Tuesday of this week, though, there she was in Belfast, captaining her team in their group opener against Polish side Medyk Konin.
“I lasted the 90 minutes too, so I was thrilled with that,” she says.
We need a rewind here.