Show Racism the Red Card are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of former West Bromwich Albion forward Cyrille Regis at the age of 59.
Regis scored 62 goals in 274 appearances for Coventry and was a crucial part of their FA Cup-winning side in 1987. He retired from football in October 1996.
He was a pioneer for challenging racism and attitudes both within football and in society alongside former Albion team-mates Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson.
He was a role model for everyone but especially to black footballers and young black players showing them that anyone can achieve success no matter what their background is.
“As a Newcastle United fan I saw first hand the power of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, when their West Bromwich Albion side destroyed NUFC at St James Park.
They played in an era when racism was rife in football and I can still remember the monkey chants that greeted all 3 of them by a section of NUFC supporters.
Whilst they got on and played the game, Cyrille, Brendon and Laurie also ensured that they spoke out about the racism they suffered throughout their career. Cyrille shared his story of being called up for England and getting a bullet through the post and all 3 of them played pivotal roles in standing up against racism. Football has done more to combat racism than any other area of UK society and Cyrille and Brendon have played a major role is helping make the game we love a better place. RIP Cyrille.” - Ged Grebby, Chief Executive.
Everyone at Show Racism the Red card would like to send our condolences to his family and friends and are committed to continuing his legacy through our work each and everyday across the UK.