Scottish clubs urged to 'Fight racism'18 May 2004

The Scottish Parliament has urged all of Scotland’s professional football clubs to challenge racism by implementing the FARE/UEFA 10-point plan. Labour MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) Bill Butler has started the debate to put pressure on the clubs to take part in the campaign.

Originally drafted by FARE, and adopted by UEFA, the 10-point plan sets out clear steps clubs can take to prevent and deal with racism. It includes issuing a public statement condemning racism and tackling racist chants during games.

UEFA distributed the plan around all of Europe’s national associations and football clubs two years ago. In England, all 92 clubs have agreed to implement the plan. Many Scottish clubs have shown a commitment to the plan and have implemented some of the points. They are now being urged to follow St Johnstone's lead and fully endorse all the plan's 10 points.

The Scottish Executive, UEFA and the Scottish Football Association have all pledged money and support to rid the game of racism. The moves include the recent appointment of a full-time tsar to involve work with clubs and schools.

“Show Racism the Red Card welcome both the support we have had and the progress that has been made by many Scottish clubs this season. However, the full implementation of the 10-point plan is the starting point to ensure the scenes of racism we've witnessed at Scottish stadiums this season, both large and small, are not repeated in the future. We call on all 42 Scottish clubs to implement the UEFA 10-point plan against racism in full.”
Roddy McNulty, Show Racism the Red Card, Scotland.