Gary Lineker back to Match of the Day. What happens next?
The influence and power of football, Gary brings a debate over the ‘Illegal Migration Bill’ to the forefront of conversation.
We stand in solidarity with Gary Lineker and welcome his return to Match of The Day. He has stood by his criticism of the proposed bill despite intense pressure following his statement. Gary has since seen support and solidarity come in from his colleagues including Ian Wright, Alan Shearer and Show Racism the Red Card patron John Barnes. Gary responded to this support via Twitter saying “ Thanks again for all your incredible support. It’s been overwhelming,”
Chief Executive Ged Grebby comments:
“The reaction of the BBC to Gary Lineker’s tweet about the UK Government’s treatment of refugees has lead to incredible press coverage and an equally incredible show of solidarity among BBC employees.
Now Gary has been reinstated, it is vital to keep the discussion going on the Government’s “Illegal Migration Bill” addressing the level of concern which has been raised. We need to be aware of the impact and damage that this legislation could have on some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Show Racism the Red Card will continue to support the excellent refugee and migrant organisations in their campaigns.”
As a charity we work to increase understanding of racism in our society and encourage critical thinking. We ask young people to stand up and challenge when they see or hear discrimination, to have open conversations and be an ally. Over the last year we have developed and delivered a 6 week educational programme for younger children to consider the stereotypes attached to migrants, the danger and fear refugees face, and to consider the meaning of ‘home’ and ‘safety’.
If you would like to continue your learning and understand of the impact of racism or if you have your own migration story that you would like to share please visit our ‘Voices’ platform.