Show Racism the Red Card visited the Molineux Stadium and spoke to Matt and his teammates
Show Racism the Red Card are currently filming an updated version of our Show Racism the Red Card educational DVD. We recently visited the Molineux Stadium to meet with Matt Jarvis. He spoke about the importance of challenging racism - if you experience racism or any form of bullying, don't keep it to yourself. Huge thanks to Matt for this interview. You can also hear from teammate Karl Henry and manager Mick McCarthy.
Have you been witness to any racism towards players in your career?
When I was growing up I was at Millwall in the youth teams trying to get a contract and there were a lot of comments and things like that when I was at the stadium. I have never seen it myself but I was definitely aware of it going around me.
What would your message be to someone who was receiving racist abuse – be it in the playground or on the football pitch?
Well they should obviously let it be known to an adult so it can be stopped as quickly as possible, you don’t need that at all.
Since 9/11 we have seen a rise in Islamophobia as a form of racism – what are your views on the way Muslims are targeted in this way?
These racist attitudes are based on a myth and, of course, you should never stereotype or blame someone just because they belong to a certain religion.
One aspect of football is that fact that you come across so many different nationalities and cultures – West Brom recently told us they have 20 different nationalities at the club. What are your experiences of this diversity and do you see it as a positive thing?
Yes, we have got a few different players from different countries in our squad, who obviously bring with them different cultures and they are all blending in together.
I think it can only be a positive thing as learning from different beliefs and cultures from different countries, taking everything on board and not dismissing differences off hand.
We also address the issue of bullying quite a lot – what do you think makes a bully and what would your advice be to someone who is being bullied?
I think it is often started by the bully taking something from their experiences and using it to bully someone else. They need to think about what they’re doing to other people and think about whether they would like it if somebody was bullying them.
I would say that if you are being bullied you need to tell someone like a teacher straight away because it can be very bad for people and it needs to be stopped quickly.