The Scottish Football League clubs promote a clear anti-racist message this weekend.
There will be red cards in abundance at Scottish Football League grounds this weekend with every match seeing at least 25, however these cards do not mark ill-discipline going into overdrive, they show The Scottish Football League’s support for The Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
The SFL and its member clubs wanted to raise the profile of the campaign using this weekend’s fixtures and this follows on from the support that many clubs have already given to SRTRC in the past with the aim of strengthening their position in Scotland.
In addition to increasing the awareness of SRTRC’s work in Scotland, the ‘weekend of action’ on October, 24th will also help the SFL’s 30 member clubs underline and draw attention to the work that they are already doing in this area.
The main thrust of the message of the weekend will take place prior to the ten scheduled IRN-BRU SFL matches kicking off. The starting eleven of both teams and three match officials will gather round the centre circle each holding a large red card in the air with the message “Show Racism the Red Card.” This will be supported by a simultaneous public address announcement at each ground condemning racism.
David Longmuir, Chief Executive at the SFL said, “The Scottish Football League is rooted in its community ethos and that means more than just the local community. Scottish football clubs can and do play an important role in bringing people together, regardless of colour, race or creed. The SFL is firmly committed to supporting Show Racism the Red Card and our ultimate aim is that clubs, players and fans unite to ensure that racism of any kind has no place in our football family.”
SFL clubs have been joined by players in over 40 European countries who are involved in similar events as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network against racism and discrimination.
Billy Singh of Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) said, “Once again, we are delighted that Scottish Football League clubs are taking a united stand against racism. We are currently in our annual Fortnight of Action during which football clubs and communities across Scotland send out a clear anti-racist message. Football is leading the way in trying to change people’s attitudes and behaviour within football grounds. Our challenge is to spread that message to our communities and everyday lives.”
Source: The Scottish Football League