Show Racism the Red Card was disappointed to read Charles Green, Chief Executive of Rangers FC, comments in the article published by the Scottish Sun.
Show Racism the Red Card’s Chief Executive, Ged Grebby said:
"The comments of Charles Green are very ill-advised and someone in his public position should really know better than to use this kind of racist and offensive language.
“The use of the term "Paki" is highly offensive and it is something that we at Show Racism the Red Card are trying to educate young people against. For the CEO of Rangers to use the term in any context is not helpful as it sends out the wrong message to young people.
“Show Racism the Red Card has a long standing working relationship with Rangers FC. The club is an excellent supporter of our anti-racism and anti-sectarianism campaigns.”
In response to the statement from Show Racism the Red Card, Charles Green said:
“In the interview I referred to the fact we are now living in a politically correct world where words and phrases that were once used are no longer acceptable.
"My use of the word Paki was when I was referring to how I sometimes warmly address my colleague and friend Imran Ahmad when we meet, something we both know is lighthearted."
"I deplore racism and sectarianism and this football club does a huge amount of work in this area to help eradicate these problems.”
Show Racism the Red Card work proactively across Scotland educating young people and society about the dangers of racism and sectarianism, empowering anyone who engages with the campaign to become active citizens safely challenge racism and sectarianism in their own communities and beyond.
A significant part of this education is looking into terminology and defining what is appropriate.