Willie O’Reilly: Ian Wright‘s extraordinary act a fitting Covid-19 Christmas parable

The football pundit showed enormous magnanimity in forgiving a young Kerry Twitter troll for racist abuse

18th December, 2020
Willie O’Reilly: Ian Wright‘s extraordinary act a fitting Covid-19 Christmas parable
Ian Wright forgave his Irish social media abuser, an amazingly generous message from an injured party. Picture: Getty

I’m a fan of Ian Wright. The former Arsenal and Crystal Palace forward has a lived-in personality, he sparkles at the footie banter and, winningly, has a keen awareness of his own position of privilege.

Since retiring from professional football he’s had a successful career as a TV pundit, most notably with Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker on the BBC’s Match of the Day.

Like most in sports media,...

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