Show Racism the Red Card condemns all forms of racism
Racism and sectarianism are unacceptable in all aspects of society, including football, and Show Racism the Red Card will continue to campaign and educate against such behaviour. We work proactively with young people and adults to promote our anti-racism / anti-sectarianism message and highlight the dangers of racism / sectarianism.
There should be no place for the type of abusive, racist comments which Sone Aluko, Maurice Edu and Kyle Bartley are receiving via Twitter, such comments are totally unacceptable and Show Racism the Red Card Scotland condemns these comments and calls for an end to them.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card, said: “The impact of online abuse can be incredibly damaging and in recent years, vicious and offensive comments sent via Twitter and Facebook are a growing reality. It is vital that the targets of racist abuse see that this is not something they should put up with and that action will be taken if they report such incidents. I believe there is a dual responsibility for the police to deal with perpetrators, and for Twitter to play a greater role in protecting users from abuse.”
Rangers FC are great supporters of Show Racism the Red Card and are very involved with many aspects of the campaign, for instance: hosting anti-racism / anti-sectarianism educational events at the club, participation in the Fortnight of Action and supporting the annual Creative Competition.
Jack Ross, Head of Communications, PFA Scotland, said:
“PFA Scotland believes that the use of social media can provide positive benefits for both players and fans alike therefore we are extremely disappointed that our members at Rangers have been subjected to this vile abuse via these forms of media. We are appalled when any of our member players are targeted in any discriminatory manner. Following the new anti discrimination legislation brought in by the Scottish Goverment we look forward to the police investigating fully and taking appropriate action.”