Holland, Portugal and Russia are to wear special black & white kits in support of the anti-racist campaign instigated by Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. The sides, who wear Nike kit, are taking the unprecedented step as part of the high-profile “Stand Up, Speak Up” campaign.
During Holland’s game against England on Wednesday 9 February 2005 at Villa Park in England, the England team will wear special kit featuring the message “No to racism” in silver on the front of their shirts. It is the first time that anything other than the England badge and manufacturer’s logo has appeared on the shirts. Prior to the kick-off, a huge fan choreography has been organised – spelling out the same message in the stands.
England coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson said,
“The message is a simple one, but very important. The team and the fans will be saying 'no to racism'. It is a message that will be heard across football and around the world.”