Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action (14 - 31 October 2011) kicks off with a charity football match between former players and Scottish MSPs/MPs at Toryglen Regional Football Centre, Glasgow this Friday.
The Fortnight of Action in Scotland will, for the first time ever, make a stand against racism and sectarianism. There is a pressing need at this time to stress both the anti-sectarianism and anti-racism message, given that recent incidents have once again highlighted the problem of sectarianism within our communities. Show Racism the Red Card is a partner of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and the Fortnight of Action is Scotland’s contribution to the 12th annual FARE Week of Action against racism and discrimination, taking place Europe-wide.
Show Racism the Red Card's team will include Jim Duffy, Derek Ferguson, Michael Weir, Tom Boyd, Jack Ross, Ricky Gillies, David Elliot, James Grady and Stuart Rafferty. The Parliament's team will be lead by Ken MacIntosh MSP.
Across the fortnight, every SPL and SFL club will be united in calling for an end to racism and sectarianism in football, and wider Scottish Society. The ‘Show Racism and Bigotry the Red Card’ message will have a strong presence at all fixtures. Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL said:
“Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all”
The SWPL, SWFL and teams participating in Scottish Cup second round ties will also be involved in promoting the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism message throughout the fortnight.
Bill Butler, the Campaign Manager for Show Racism the Red Card in Scotland, added:
“Show Racism the Red Card has received magnificent support form football clubs, football authorities and football fans across the country in supporting its fundamental message of equality and respect. We are confident that the impact of this year’s action taken at football grounds over the Fortnight of Action will be the strongest ever.
The profile raised through action taken at all Scottish Football Clubs will supplement the great work which many innovative community projects are able to achieve in promoting inclusion and fostering good relations between groups through our annual Fortnight of Action grants scheme. These grants of up to £500 support the development of community based projects involving community groups, schools, youth clubs, fans associations, tenants associations and other grassroots bodies that engage with young people, ethnic minorities, excluded groups, football fans and refugees and asylum seekers.
Show Racism the Red Card during the Fortnight of Action in Scotland will promote the clear message that prejudice whether based on colour or creed is not acceptable.”