SRtRC release a statement opposing the English Defence League (EDL) and their unauthorised use of football club crests
Show Racism the Red Card believe the EDL and their Scottish and Welsh counterparts (SDL and WDL) are racist organisations and would urge people not to support them in any way. The EDL claim not to be racist, however, an undercover report by the Guardian newspaper showed that when you scratch beneath the surface their membership is absolutely racist.
The EDL have been trying to recruit football fans and have been unlawfully using football club crests. Show Racism the Red Card will do all we can to expose the EDL and make sure clubs and their fans are aware of the real nature of these racist thugs.
A spokesman from Norwich City FC said: "We have a zero tolerance policy on racism and all other forms of discrimination and fully support Show Racism the Red Card campaign's efforts to eradicate it from the game. Any use of our club crest by the English Defence League, or indeed any organisation, without our permission is completely illegal and is certainly not authorised by the club."
Plymouth Argyle FC have released this quote: "Plymouth Argyle is, and has always been, a club where people from all races and many nations have contributed to our success, both on and off the pitch. Prejudice and hatred simply don't mix supporting the team.
"Argyle will continue to operate a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of unacceptable abuse. Supporters are reminded that racist chanting is a criminal offence which can result in being banned from matches, as well as a fine, and the club will continue to act against anybody who commits this offence. One incident is one incident too many."
At a recent meeting, organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF), Show Racism the Red Card Education Worker, Laura Pidcock, praised football clubs for backing the anti-racism drive and added: "We work tirelessly to get rid of racist beliefs and we stand behind the UAF to combat the EDL."
We have made great progress in the UK in the fight against racism over the last twenty years; the EDL, WDL and SDL are a threat to that progress. We urge all anti-racists to re-double their efforts to combat this organisation.
The undercover film made by the Guardian can be viewed on their website. Please note the film contains very offensive language.
Read the full story from the UAF meeting here.