Show Bigotry the Red Card held the first of a series of evening Regional Events with football fans of all allegiances on Thursday 7th October at Hamilton Park Racecourse.
The event aimed to be a forum of football debate encouraging participants to have frank and open discussions around the issue of sectarianism and religious bigotry in Scottish football. As part of the evening we screened Show Bigotry the Red Card new educational film called ‘Rivals not Enemies’.
‘Rivals not Enemies’ features footballers Stephen Craigan, Craig Gordon, Scott McDonald, Barry Robson, Michael Stewart alongside former SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith, PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart and current Motherwell manager Craig Brown. Elaine C Smith also appears in the film in which she says, “There is much more that binds us than divides us.”
Football supporters had the opportunity to provide feedback on the film and to engage in the debate with a very special panel of Scottish football personalities, including Jim Duffy, Derek Ferguson and Gerry Britton.
Elio Ajmone, Project Manager for Show Bigotry the Red Card, said: “The new campaign is a great opportunity for our organisation to challenge a very relevant and long-standing form of intolerance in Scottish society. The new educational material that we have produced will hopefully help raise awareness and stimulate debate on the issue of sectarianism in Scotland. With this new campaign we aim to target fans of all ages and club allegiances and ultimately encourage them to support their team and celebrate their identity in a positive manner. Our intent is to challenge negative attitudes and behaviours, whether at home or in public spaces, and to ask football fans to come on board and help us promote positive messages in society. To follow on this we will be delivering, from now until March 2011, three more events across the country. The next event is due to take place in Edinburgh at Spartans FC stadium on Thursday 18th November, then in the New Year we will be in Dundee and, finally, we will be staging the final event at Hampden Park in March”
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