Liverpool FC are playing Vålerenga IF this evening and are taking part in an anti-racism action before the game
We must continue to fight against racism
Joachim Walltin, president of NISO
The Norwegian professional footballers’ association NISO and Norwegian club Vålerenga IF have organised a special anti-racism event as Liverpool FC visit Vålerenga for a friendly match this evening.
Norway is mourning the 76 victims of the terror attacks in Oslo and Utøya ten days ago. The suspect said he acted because he wanted to send out a warning against the "increasing influx of Muslim immigrants" in Norway.
Liverpools' Managing Director, Ian Ayre visited Domkirke Church in Olso earlier this morning. He paid tribute to the victims of these attacks on behalf of the club and the people of Liverpool.
On behalf of all Norwegian professional footballers, NISO wants to react on this anti-immigrant sentiment.
Joachim Walltin, president of NISO said:
‘It is our responsibility to fight racism and discrimination wherever we find it. We must continue promoting and confirming the values that make Norway such a great country.’
‘We, the players, want to add our voice to the response of Norwegian society in resisting fascists not only in Norway, but all over the World.’
There will be a sold out crowd in the Ullevaal stadium tonight when Vålerenga IF hosts Liverpool. Both teams have agreed to join the campaign of Show Racism the Red Card. Before kick off, all players will stand together holding up Red Cards, demonstrating a commitment to the anti-racism message.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:
"In the wake of the tragedy in Norway, it is more important than ever that we come together stand up against fascism. I praise all those involved in tonight's anti-racism action at the Ullevaal Stadium. It sends out a clear message of unity for the people of Norway and the world."