This weekend all Scottish Professional Football League teams, as well as the Scottish Women’s Premier League, Scottish Women’s Football League and Scottish Junior Super League teams will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and in wider society.
Football clubs across Scotland will get behind Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action, which makes a strong and visible stand against racism, by holding up branded Red Cards immediately prior to kick off at all professional games this weekend. There is a pressing need at this time for communities to unite and stress anti-racism messages.
Show Racism the Red Card is a partner of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and is proud to contribute to the annual FARE Football Peoples action weeks.
“The football people action weeks unites supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past” (FARE)
See below for a selection of quotes from Fortnight of Action ambassadors.
Glasgow City Club Manager, Laura Montgomery said,
“This Sunday, we hope as a club to be lifting our 9th successive Premier League title in a row in what will, fingers crossed, be a day of celebration. That is what football is about; it is about celebrating highs and lows and competing with and against our peers in society. No-one should ever be classed different in football, it is a sport which combines different nationalities, religions and cultures and should always be celebrated as the one medium to bring people together, on and off the pitch.
“We are delighted to be part of Show Racism the Red Card. Racism has no place anywhere in life and should never be tolerated and the Fortnight of Action campaign is a perfect reminder to everyone to ensure we stamp it out completely from society.”
Mark Hateley, the Rangers Fortnight of Action Ambassador, said:
“Rangers Football Club strives to promote social inclusion and encourages tolerance and understanding of the interests of all sectors of the community.
The club has worked closely with Show Racism the Red Card over a number of years and we are delighted to once again support the Fortnight of Action Campaign.”
Celtic captain Scott Brown said:
“Celtic has been a club open to all people since its formation in 1888.
Our club and the Celtic team are once again delighted to support all activities within this Fortnight of Action as we continue to send the strongest message that racism has no place whatsoever in football or society.”
Ross County Club Captain, Andrew Davies said:
“In 2015 Ross County Football Club are delighted to again show our support for Show Racism the Red Card’s Annual Fortnight of Action. We are honoured to play our part in encouraging social inclusion, diversity and tolerance as well as stamping out prejudice and inequality in our society. On behalf of the Club I appeal to you to report and never tolerate racist behaviour wherever it may exist in your community. It is totally unacceptable in any form.
As Club Captain - and on behalf of all my teammates and coaching staff - I encourage all our supporters to embrace this idea and show racism the red card.”
Dundee United Club Captain Seán Dillon – who was inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame in 2013 – said:
“Football is a blueprint for a better society in that it brings people of different cultures, colours, and beliefs together on the field of play as equals. On behalf of my team mates and the Club, I appeal to you to embrace this very idea and show racism the ‘red card’.”
Berwick Rangers Club Captain Jonny Fairbairn said:
“The Show Racism the Red Card campaign is a great way to raise awareness of the problems not only in football but in society when it comes to racism. The educational charity has made huge strides forward in the battle against racism through education on the matter. Everyone at Berwick Rangers is in full support of the campaign and will again be encouraging the awareness through the Fortnight of Action 2015. It is important that alongside the players and staff, the fans also back the campaign and continue to create an anti racism environment at Shielfield Park or anywhere else the club is represented.”