Liverpool footballing pioneers unite against racism22 October 2004

Liverpool’s pioneering footballers are set to give football’s anti-racism week of action their support at an event hosted by the Royal Philharmonic Hall on the 25th October at 2pm.

Liverpool footballing legend John Barnes will join former Liverpool players, Michael Thomas and Howard Gayle, current Liverpool forward, Neil Mellor, and Tranmere player, Paul Hall to voice their support for the campaign and answer questions from youngsters from Liverpool. The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Five Live presenter DJ Spoony.

Alongside national, community and school events across the England & Wales, all 92 professional football clubs will hold an anti-racism match day. The week has been timed to coincide with Black History Month and the Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

This weekend is the turn of North West clubs Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, Preston, Oldham, Bury, Chester and Macclesfield to host their anti-racism match days.

Piara Powar, of FARE partner Kick It Out, commented,
“This years week of action is seeing the biggest series of activities ever staged to celebrate diversity and in the game and continue the fight for equality. The range an breadth of both community and club based activities taking place are a testament to the developing nature of the work going on in the game with communities traditionally excluded from the game.”