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Chelsea and Spain star Cesc Fabregas backs SRtRC anti racism campaign


Midfielder describes his experiences of racism and provides advice on how to challenge it in interview for new educational film.

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“When they are trying to challenge the opposition, maybe they think ‘what is it that I can do to hurt this person?’ and they don’t realise that they are hurting someone who is a human being like them.”
- Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea FC and Spain

 
Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has become the latest player to show his support for Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC); using his role model status to provide advice to those experiencing racism and to present a positive anti-racism message.

The SRtRC campaign utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society and engage young people in positive discussions about the issue.

The campaign recently visited Chelsea’s Cobham Training Base and interviewed Fabregas about his experiences of racism; both within football and within wider society. 

In the interview, Fabregas, who has been capped 94 times by Spain, reinforces the importance of education in the fight against racism and describes his frustrations that the issue remains prevalent within society.
 

He describes his reaction to the treatment of former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves, who has been the target of racism from a minority of supporters on a number of occasions during his career and explains the role that footballers can play in helping to raise awareness about the damaging effects of prejudice. 

“It is not football fans in general; not Valencia fans or Real Madrid fans or Barcelona fans but its just four or five people who have no shame. It seems like they don’t know what they are doing or maybe they were not educated in the right way but I am sure that over the next few years if we all continue to work together we will get over this” 

“When they are trying to challenge the opposition, maybe they think ‘what is it that I can do to hurt this person?’ and they don’t realise that they are hurting someone who is a human being like them.” 

The interview will feature in an update of SRtRC’s central anti racism education film alongside interviews with other professional footballers keen to share their experiences and advice on the subject of racism. Also taking part in the film are West Ham United’s Carlton Cole & Matt Jarvis, Newcastle United’s Siem De Jong & Sammy Ameobi and Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore & Liam Bridcutt. 

Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Cesc Fabregas for giving up his time to take part in the film and use his status as a role model to help educate young people. The campaign would also like to thank everyone at Chelsea FC for their ongoing support. 

Stay tuned to the website for further updates on progress with Show Racism the Red Card’s anti-racism education film. SRtRC would like to thank major sponsors Unite the Union and the National Union of Teachers once again for their generous support. 



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