Marina Hyde

"Anyone who doubts sport's power to remake as well as simply reflect society need only look at the American civil rights struggle to see how pivotal sports were in driving the movement's messages. Today, football not only reflects social attitudes but has the power to shift them, and I admire the work Show Racism the Red Card does, particularly with young people."

Marina Hyde studied English at Oxford before starting in journalism as the secretary on the Sun's showbiz desk. She has worked at the Guardian since 2000 and formerly wrote the paper's Diary column. She currently writes three columns a week for the paper: one general comment, one on sport and one on celebrity.

Marina became an honorary patron of Show Racism the Red Card following her Guardian article condemning Sepp Blatter's comments on racism within football.