English Football United Against Racism27 October 2002

Over the course of two week-ends, the whole of English football has been united behind the National Anti-Racism Week of Action in Football. Teams who have played at home dedicated their match to the to the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign.

During the second week-end both Manchester United and Arsenal held highly visible displays of support, when the whole of the Family Stand and North Bank respectively lifted up cards with either the message ‘United Against Racism’ or ‘Gunners Against Racism’. Highlights of the first weekend included Leeds United FC who organised a ‘Raise the Flag’ initiative, when all supporters in the family stand lifted up cards which spelt ‘Kick Racism Out’. Charlton Athletic celebrated 10 years of their ‘Red, White and Black’ campaign when the team took on Middlesbrough FC at The Valley.

Other clubs throughout the country held anti-racism days where players warmed up in anti-racist t-shirts and badges, stickers and other merchandise were distributed to supporters. Finally, all 92 professional clubs held some form of activity to lend their support for the Anti-Racism Week.

Also many community based organisations, fan groups and schools held events. All in all some 200 events took place in the UK. For the first time the Week of Action in the UK, which is being organised by Kick It Out, took place at the same time as the European Week of Action against racism. For full details please visit Kick It Out.