Our campaign works with over 50,000 young people each year in schools and at events at football clubs. Without the support of players, our positive anti-racism message is diminished.
Leroy Rosenior, Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) fully understands the anger of the Ferdinand family and Jason Roberts in relation to the FA handling of the John Terry case. Both Rio and Jason are longstanding patrons of our campaign and are recognised in our Hall of Fame for their work.
The issue of not wearing the Kick It Out (KIO) shirts at the weekend highlights the displeasure of certain players in relation to the footballing authorities' handling of the incidents of racism in the game.
Kick It Out is however not the regulatory body responsible for dealing with racist incidents or deciding on sanctions. Kick It Out is a campaigning organisation with which we are proud to work in partnership. Both our separate organisations work tirelessly all year round to combat racism.
What is now required is for all players - including and especially those who have made a stand over the last few days - to come together with the anti-racism campaigns and all other interested agencies to thrash out what needs to be improved, where more effort is needed, and what should be expected of the authorities.
Show Racism the Red Card is an independent anti-racism educational charity established in January 1996 by Shaka Hislop to educate against racism in society, utilising the high profile and role model status of professional footballers. The campaign works from four offices around the UK employing Education Workers and 22 ex-professional players who work in schools, with Trade Unions and teachers to provide knowledge and strategies to tackle racism and promote equality in schools and workplaces.
One of our education workers, former player & manager Leroy Rosenior said: "Show Racism the Red Card was founded to use the profile of footballers to educate young people about racism. The campaign works with over 50,000 young people each year in schools and at events at football clubs. Without the support of players, our positive anti-racism message is diminished.
"We need the players to be unified and work with organisations. If players want things to change, they're the drivers. We should put behind us what happened this weekend and start working together.”
As last week's incident of racism during England under-21s’ game in Serbia showed, racism is still a major issue in European football. SRtRC stands fully behind Danny Rose when he states that more needs to be done to challenge racism in the game. From the work we undertake, we know that racism is still a huge problem in society. Now is the time for football players and other role models to support our anti-racism work. By working with our campaign, players can make a positive difference.