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SRtRC hosts community Iftar events with Swansea and Cardiff

On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th of April, Show Racism the Red Card hosted community Iftar events with both Swansea City and Cardiff City at their respective home grounds.

Swansea City’s Bashir Humphreys and Luke Williams were joined by members of the Swansea Community, along with special guest Rob Stuart, Leader of Swansea City Council, to celebrate Iftar at the Swansea.com Stadium.

The event began with a recitation of the Holy Quran by Ahmed Rasalan, a local 14-year-old boy who plays football for Mumbles football club. This was followed by a question and answer with Bashir Humphreys and Luke Williams. During the session, Bashir talked about the importance of his religion and how it influenced him growing up.

Finally, Maulana Mufti Eunus Ali, Imam & Muslim Chaplain at Swansea Mosque & Islamic Centre, delivered a speech on the significance of Ramadan and community cohesion, shortly after Ahmed Rasalan performed the call to prayers, followed by breaking of the fast, and guests were invited to pray pitch-side led by Maulana Mufti Eunus Ali.

Cardiff City’s Erol Bulut, Nadir Sonmez, Famara Diedhiou, and Yakou Meite, along with local entrepreneur Ibby Abdi from IBY World, were joined by members of the Cardiff Community, along with special guest Vaughan Gething MS, First Minister for Wales, to celebrate Iftar at Cardiff City Stadium.

Vaughan talked about the importance of celebrating the rich multicultural society of Wales and the vision of an anti-racist nation by 2030, he discussed his support of Show Racism the Red Card over many years and the important role they play within Wales.

Both evenings were opened by SRtRC Campaign Manager for Wales, Dean Pymble, talking about the importance of inclusivity within the community and how football has a key role to play in inspiring communities.

Celebrating Iftar at football clubs is vitally important, we had staff and community members of Muslim faith and non-Muslim faith coming together at both the football clubs celebrate together and create an inclusive environment and learn about a faith that may be different to theirs. The event helped to create a better understanding of how faith plays a big part for members of the community but also helped to demonstrate that the football clubs want the stadiums to be places that are welcoming and everyone that attends has a positive experience no matter their religion, skin colour, nationality or culture.”

After our Campaign Manager for Wales spoke, the players and managers answered questions from eventgoers and talked about the impact their religion and its cultures have had on them growing up and throughout their footballing careers. They then took the time to speak to people individually, signing autographs and posing for photos.

After breaking fast, the players from both clubs joined members of the community for prayer pitchside, before sitting down to enjoy the Iftar meal.

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