Howard Gayle has wrote to us expressing his concerns about Sepp Blatter's recent comments about racism in football.
Show Racism the Red Card Hall of fame member Howard Gayle, Liverpool's first black player and a long-time supporter of our campaign, would like Sepp Blatter to explain his recent comments about racism to the school children he works with:
"Here is one for you Mr Blatter. I have just returned home from a School at which I work (in Toxteth, Liverpool.) We played an U/ 11s (year six) football match against a school from another area (Speke/Garston). I was approached at half time by my captain and another boy who said the members of the opposing team (which were all white children) had called them ‘pakis’ and other racist names. I went over to the Teacher/coach of the other team to bring this to their attention. He said that he would deal with the matter and speak to his players.
The game was won by the visiting school 2-0, but at the end of the game the visiting team refused to ‘shake hands’ with our team - even after they had won the game. Now, it wasn't a dirty game, and there was no reason for any bad feeling between the two sets of players…
So, Mr Blatter, you say there is no racism in our game... we’re told we should shake hands and forget what has just taken place. Then I challenge you to come to our school and explain to our children why you believe this. Because it certainly is not how they see it... "