'Well and Killie Show Racism the Red Card

Last updated : 27 October 2004 By Firparkcorner
This campaign has been organised in conjunction with Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) and builds upon SRTRC's first SPL weekend of action which took place in January 2004.

For the first time, all 42 professional clubs in Scotland have been involved, making a significant contribution to the FARE events taking place in 33 countries Europe-wide over the last two weeks.

This campaign has come at a time when racist attacks continue to rise in Scottish society. Football is a powerful medium to break down the barriers of ignorance which lead to racist attacks. SRTRC have been delighted by the support shown by SPL players over the last year, attending events, launches and in general, setting the example that racism has no place in Scotland.

Iain Blair, Secretary of the SPL said, "This Wednesday night, players from every SPL club will show racism the red card before the Bank of Scotland Premierleague matches across the country. Their visible support of the anti-racism campaign sends out a positive message to young and old that football is a game to be enjoyed by all."

These events will be supported by articles in match programmes and club websites in addition to tannoy announcements at the games all spreading the anti-racist message. This follows similar actions which took place at all Scottish Football League fixtures on Saturday 16 October.

Throughout October, SRTRC are distributing 200,000 anti-racist football posters free to young people throughout Scotland for season 2004-2005. Squad posters of all 12 SPL clubs, 4 SFL clubs, the Scotland men's team, the Scotland women's team, and a Scottish women's premierleague select are all available.

Last season successful anti-racist children's seminars were hosted by Rangers, Hibs and Hearts. Similar events are also planned at Dundee United, Aberdeen, Livingston and Celtic in the coming months.