FIFPro have been in consultation with Show Racism the Red Card and Newcastle United in how to tackle racism in the European Championships
Representatives of the World Players’ Union FIFPro have been in Newcastle to seek advice on how to clamp down on racism at the European Championships 2012 tournament in Ukraine and Poland. The team have been consulting Newcastle-based Show Racism the Red Card. Both countries hosting the competition have poor records on tackling racism. Newcastle United players Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell joined a meeting to discuss an action plan.
Tony Higgins, board member of FIFPro, said: “I was very impressed with the quality of the anti-racist education on display at St James’ Park. Presently I am doing work in Eastern Europe with UEFA in preparation for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in 2012. The model used in Tyneside where Newcastle are an integral part of the anti-racist campaign is one I would like to see adopted in other parts of Eastern Europe and one I will certainly recommend.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “As a North East based anti-racism charity it is always great to get international recognition for our work. The campaign has gone from strength to strength over the last 15 years and we are lucky enough to now employ 6 ex-professional footballers in the region: Gary Bennett, John Anderson, Curtis Fleming, Olivier Bernard, Dean Gordon and Trevor Benjamin. Our anti-racist message is now being delivered to more schools in the region than ever before. Having the support of the international players’ union Fifpro means that our message is also going out across not only the UK but to a European and World wide audience.
Newcastle United has been fantastic in their support of SRtRC for many years. Numerous players have attended our educational events with the club and we have even had the support of the entire squad on occasion this season, meeting young people pitch-side at St James’ Park before games. Thanks this time to Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell for their support and massive thanks to NUFC for their ongoing and unwavering support of Show Racism the Red Card.”
This meeting took place shortly after a full day of anti-racism workshops at St James' Park with local school children. The event report is online.
Full article: The Chronicle, 18 April 2011.