SRtRC condemns behaviour of minority of fans in Paris whilst highlighting the positive work carried out by Chelsea FC.
"Show Racism the Red Card is saddened by the behaviour of a minority of Chelsea fans that has been reported in today’s news. We know through our partnership work with Chelsea Football Club that they take a zero tolerance approach to racism and have made clear their position with a strongly worded statement."
Spokesperson, Show Racism the Red Card
The actions of a few individuals on a Paris subway train are rightly being condemned in the strongest possible terms and such behaviour clearly has no place within society in 2015.
When incidents such as this occur, it is important to be reminded that this type of behaviour is in no way representative of the majority of football fans and to highlight the positive work carried out by clubs like Chelsea FC to promote equality and non discriminatory behaviour.
"Show Racism the Red Card is saddened by the behaviour of a minority of Chelsea fans that has been reported in today’s news."
"SRtRC work tirelessly to educate against racism and have worked with football clubs for many years to help promote an anti-racism message."
"We know through our partnership work with Chelsea Football Club that they take a zero tolerance approach to racism and have made clear their position with a strongly worded statement."
"We await the outcome of police investigations and are sure that the vast majority of football fans are disgusted by yesterday’s events in Paris."
"SRtRC will continue to work to educate people and to promote tolerance, understanding and a more inclusive society."
Chelsea FC are long term supporters of the SRtRC campaign; having held anti-racism education events at Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions and supplying footballers to take part in anti racism education films where they can use their role model status to engage young people in discussions about the dangers of racism.
Chelsea and Spain star Cesc Fabragas will feature in a newly updated education film for young people and SRtRC’s interview with Cesc, in which he discusses his own stance against racism, the benefits of learning from other cultures and the importance of education in the fight against prejudice can be viewed here.
This weekend, Chelsea will host their ‘Game for Equality’, where the club and their fans will unite to reinforce their commitment to ensuring that there is no place for prejudice in any form.