Racism in Scottish Football

Show Racism the Red Card are shocked and saddened to see a number of allegations of racist abuse towards players in Scottish Football over recent weeks.

Derek McInnes, Scott Sinclair, Stephen Robinson and Shay Logan have all spoken out and we welcome the swift Police action in response to the incident at Tynecastle at the weekend. We applaud the firm statements from Hearts FC and Falkirk FC who have both always been firm supporters of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.

There is no place for racism in Scotland or Scottish Football and we encourage anyone who witnesses racism or experiences racism to tell a steward or call Police Scotland on 101 or report to the relevant footballing authority, e.g the SPFL or SFA.

A full and thorough investigation is required into each of these incidents and SRtRC would always advocate for education to be part of any action that may be taken.

Such behaviour has no place in a progressive Scotland. Racist attitudes are often supported by misinformation, therefore education and the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about these issues is needed now more than ever.

Show Racism the Red Card is actively seeking to meet with Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sports and Wellbeing in Scotland to discuss how we can work with the Scottish Government and footballing authorities to tackle racism head on within the game.

Racist abuse allegedly directed at Celtic's Scott Sinclair by Aberdeen FC fan

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland are saddened to see a video that allegedly shows an Aberdeen FC fan racially abuse Celtic’s Scott Sinclair just before he takes a penalty at the weekend’s League Cup Final at Hampden Park.


There is no place for racism in Scotland or Scottish Football and we encourage anyone who witnesses racism or experiences racism to tell a steward or call Police Scotland on 101.


Such behaviour has no place in a progressive Scotland. Racist attitudes are often supported by misinformation, therefore education and the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about these issues is needed now more than ever.

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland calls on Heart of Midlothian FC to take action on Tommy Robinson Chant Video

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland call on Heart of Midlothian FC to act on a video that has gone viral of Hearts fans wearing Tommy Robinson masks and chanting the EDL founders name. There is no place for the EDL in Scottish football and Show Racism the Red Card England, Scotland and Wales have always worked with football clubs to expose the EDL and its counterparts and make football fans aware of its true racist and aggressive nature. Heart of Midlothian FC must assure its fans that any racist behaviour is condemned by the club and action will be taken against those demonstrating racist behaviour.

Racism is still a very real problem in Scotland and we cannot be complacent around the EDL and their Scottish subsidiaries. Both the EDL and SDL claim to be nonviolent and not racist however demonstrations descend into violence and promote Islamophobic and generally racist agendas. We urge the football clubs, fans and members of the public to call out their behaviour and reinforce the anti- English Defence League message not just in football but also in our country.

Wear Red Day 2018 Photo call at Scottish Parliament

On Thursday 27th September Show Racism the Red Card went to the Scottish parliament where we were overwhelmed by the support from the First Minister and MSPs around the upcoming Wear Red Day on Friday 5th October. Over 50 MSPs took part in the photo from across all parties. Alex McLeish the Scotland National team manager also attended being a great supporter and long-standing patron of Show Racism the Red Card. Below you can see just some of the support that we gained from our photo call yesterday.

You too can show your support for Wear Red Day by wearing red on Friday 5th October and donating as little as a £1. If your workplace, school or just you and your friends are supporting the day tweet us your pictures and together we can #showracismtheredcard.


The Lighthouse: Refugee Inclusion Education

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland delivered our Refugees, Stereotypes and Prejudice workshop to 1455 young people this year to promote the inclusion young Refugees who have recently resettled in Scotland.

Education workshops include:

·         Activities exploring stereotypes and prejudice, and how these impact on racism.

·         Information to break down stereotypes and misconceptions about those who live, work or study out with their country of birth.

·         A clear definition of racism.

·         A personal testimony from a resettled Refugee to demonstrate the impact of inequality and create empathy and compassion for those who have been forced from their country of birth.

·         Activities and information about the correct terminology to use when discussing race, ethnicity and immigration, and the importance of taking the time to familiarise ourselves with these.

·         Activities exploring how racism can escalate if left unchallenged, stressing the need to deal with all incidents of prejudice appropriately.

Our current education work is guided by McBride’s (2015) research on ‘What works to reduce prejudice’ and on contact theory whereby being introduced to individuals who belong to different heterogeneous groups reduces prejudicial attitudes. The power of this programme lays in the education work being developed by our team of experts as well as a resettled Refugee who shares their story of having to flee their home and seek asylum in the UK, finally making Scotland their home with young people who then have the opportunity to ask questions and have discussions. You can read this powerful story below.

We are abundantly grateful to the Robertson Trust, Unite the Union, the Education Institute of Scotland as well as Thompson’s Solicitors Scotland for funding this vitally important programme of education.



“Zimbabwe. April 1980. The country gained its independence from Britain. Robert Mugabe was appointed the president, replacing years of British rule. I was born in 1981. I spent the large part of my formative years attending beautiful schools and grew up hoping I could one day, be a pilot. We had a lovely house and my grandparents had a farm. On that farm we had cows for dairy and meat, goats and sheep. We also farmed for crops like maize, the staple food in Zimbabwe, oranges and many others fruits and vegetables.

I always enjoyed going to the farm during the school holidays, so can help out. I also enjoyed going to the farm because my grandfather would let me ride on the tractor whilst he was working.

Back in the city, I loved spending time with my friends, some of whom were from different races and backgrounds. I enjoyed playing sports such as football, tennis and cricket. This enabled myself to meet and make other friends and learnt a lot from them and my sports improved, I ended up joining a sports club. The happiest day of my life was when my grandparents bought me my first cricket bat. At the cricket club, we had coaches who had come over from England and I spent a lot of time with them improving my skills.

Then in 1998, the ruling party of ZANU PF led by Robert Mugabe started evicting white farmers from their land and taking over their farms. Unfortunately, ours was one of the farms that was taken over and a lot of people that worked on our farm lost their jobs and livelihood. My grandparents lost everything they had ever built on that farm and were never compensated for their loss.


Despite many protestations, the situation had turned violent and other farmers and their employees were killed by thugs from ZANU PF. The situation escalated into the towns and cities across the country. The secret service police and army became heavily involved in intimidating innocent citizens and many lives were lost solely because some people supported and were deemed to have voted for MDC, the opposition party in elections.

At my sports club, which was largely frequented by white people, the police came and told me and other boys to stop playing with white people. This was rather frustrating because I had made lots of friends and if we didn’t take their threats seriously, they’d arrest us and put us into jail for befriending white people amongst other things.

Then one night, the state police visited my house and I became very scared and my grandparents suggested that it was best that I left the country and go into hiding because Zimbabwe was no longer safe.

They hastily arranged for my flights out of the Zimbabwe and I didn’t even have time to say goodbye to all my friends, family and girlfriend. I couldn’t even pack all of my clothes – I left my favourite Liverpool FC shirt behind. I had to take whatever I could and get out of the country. When I arrived in the UK, I stayed with my other grandmother. I didn’t have any friends, I couldn’t work because as an asylum seeker, the UK authorities have to process your case and this is a lengthy process. I wasn’t even allowed to open a free bank account.


I was fortunate, due to my love of sport to be able to go to the local park and play football – that’s how I started making friends. Even though I knew I was safe in the UK, I kept looking behind me to see if anyone was following me from the Zimbabwe state police or the secret service. I always wanted to go back to Zimbabwe and see my friends and family that I left behind, but the situation isn’t safe and especially having left 15 years ago.


ZANU PF and Robert Mugabe have strengthened their grip on the country even furthermore.”

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland receives generous donation from First Scottish

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland is delighted to announce the  phenomenal support we have received from First Scottish based in Fife.

After significant funding cuts in Scotland, the Scottish team are so grateful to Ian Fraser and the team at First Scottish for their generous donation. The Scottish team has been striving to source additional funding to help us to continue the much needed Educational work we do across the country in the face of rising racism and the support given by Ian and his team has been invaluable.

A heartfelt thank you from the Scottish team to First Scottish.