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Friday 5th October 2018

Show Racism the Red Card

The SPFL and its member clubs are proudly supporting Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action.

The SPFL and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland 15 years ago. 

In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 5th - 19th October shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game. 

It is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.

All SPFL clubs, players and match officials will show their support ahead of kick-off at all SPFL matches this weekend – Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination. 

Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – and the Show Racism the Red Card team would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved. There have been many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. Fans are urged to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces. 

Neil Doncaster, SPFL Chief Executive said: "Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our member clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and, once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all."

The SPFL and its member clubs condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at SPFL matches.

Priya Khindria, Campaign Manager of Show Racism the Red Card said: “Show Racism the Red Card is once again calling upon people from all sections of the community to take a united stand against racism. Football is leading the way in trying to change people’s attitudes and behaviour within football grounds. Our challenge is to spread that message to our communities and everyday lives. The support of the SPFL and its member clubs is invaluable to the campaign."

Show Racism the Red Card are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all. 
Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society. 

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