England squad to back anti-racism week of action05 October 2004

The countdown to football’s anti-racism week of action continues this week with a boost from the England squad on Wednesday 6th October.

The squad will wear anti-racism T-shirts at an open training session at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground before the vital World Cup qualifier against Wales this weekend.

The FA and campaigners hope public support from the squad will give added impetus to the 600 or so activities taking place throughout October in the UK. The week of action will celebrate the contribution made to football by black, Asian and other ethnic minorities, whilst tackling exclusion and racism in the game.

The week of action, has been has been timed to coincide with Black History Month and the Muslim holy period of Ramadan. Events taking place in the UK during the week will include:

  • An anti-racism day at every home game of professional clubs over the two weekends,
  • Events with leading players offering their views on racism and diversity in the game,
  • Exhibitions, competitions and youth activities exploring the history of black footballers and Ramadan at libraries, schools and in community centres.

England coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, endorsed the week of action by saying,
“As the governing body of the game in England, The FA understands the need to challenge racism at all levels, and also increase representation at all levels of the game amongst ethnic minority communities.

This season The FA and the Metropolitan Police piloted a new Report Racism campaign that has now been introduced nationwide, with a simple message: racial abuse is unacceptable, unlawful and will be acted upon.

The FA welcomes the week of action as a means of making sure the message is heard across the length and breadth of the country, illustrating a unified stance against racism that is unique across Europe.”