Show Racism the Red Cards annual Fortnight of Action kicks off with a challenge match between former players and Scottish MSPs/MPs at Lesser Hampden this Friday.
It will be the beginning of two weeks of concerted anti racist activity throughout Scotland involving community groups, schools, supporters trusts, youth groups as well as over 200 teams from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, IRN BRU Scottish Football League and the Junior and Women’s Leagues.
Show Racism the Red Card's team will include Darren Jackson, Tom Boyd, Derek Ferguson, Pat Nevin, Andy Walker, Jim Duffy, Gary McKay, Derek Ferguson, John McDonald, Chic Charnley, Curtis Fleming and Ray McKinnon. The Parliament's team will include MSPs John Park, Frank McAveety, Andy Kerr, Liam McArthur and MP Jim Murphy.
Billy Singh, Campaign Manager, said: “Show Racism the Red Card is once again calling upon people from all sections of the community to take a united stand against racism. Statistics show a year on year increase in reported racist incidents. 80% of incidents go unreported. Football is leading the way in trying to change peoples attitudes and behaviour within football grounds. Our challenge is to spread that message to our communities and everyday lives."
Gordon Smith, former chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, said: “The campaign goes from strength to strength and is now at the forefront of tackling racism not only in football but society in general. I call upon everyone to get involved during the fortnight and beyond to send out a clear message to the people of Scotland that we want to live in a country free from racism."