Free St Johnstone squad posters are to be handed out to Saint supporters before the club’s home game against Rangers as part of the Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action.
We have worked successfully with St Johnstone previously on a number of Show Racism the Red Card initiatives and we are delighted to support the campaign in this way.
Councillor Elspeth Maclachlan
Perth & Kinross Council has teamed up with St Johnstone FC, the Community Safety Partnership and the local branch of Unison to sponsor the posters.
Funding will also be provided to renew sponsorship of a Show Racism the Red Card advertising billboard at St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park stadium.
The posters will be launched on Monday 12 October by Councillor Elspeth Maclachlan from the Community Safety Partnership and Hamid Rasheed of Unison.
They will then be distributed to fans by volunteers before the game versus Rangers on Saturday 17 October. Posters will also be handed out to members of the ‘Junior Saints’ supporters club.
As part of the Fortnight of Action, St Johnstone youth players will take on Mental Health service users in a small game on 20 October. At the end of the fortnight St Johnstone players will ‘show racism the red card’ prior to their away fixture against Kilmarnock on 24 October.
The Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action runs throughout Scotland from October 16-31. It encourages participation from all sections of communities to celebrate diversity and tackle racism. A major aim of the Fortnight of Action is to encourage anti-racist actions, events and initiatives to take place throughout the year.
Billy Singh, Manager of the Scottish Show Racism the Red Card campaign said: “This initiative will help us to promote our anti racist message. There is a growing determination within Scotland to tackle this scourge and we all have a role to play. Ignoring racism is accepting racism.”
Councillor Maclachlan said: “We have worked successfully with St Johnstone previously on a number of Show Racism the Red Card initiatives and we are delighted to support the campaign in this way. The posters and the billboard will provide a highly visible way of ensuring everyone visiting McDiarmid Park is aware that racism will not be tolerated anywhere within Perth & Kinross.”