Top footballers gather for action19 January 2004

Scotland’s top SPL football stars gathered at Hampden Park today to help launch this weekend’s Show Racism the Red Card Weekend of Action. Saturday and Sunday will see the Bank of Scotland Premierleague and all its member clubs uniting to support Show Racism the Red Card. This marks the first such weekend of action in Scotland and every first team player in the SPL will be Showing Racism the Red Card before kick-off.

This week all 12 SPL clubs will back the anti-racist campaign on their websites and at pre-match press conferences. A strong anti-racist message will also be sent out on matchday through the players’ action, articles in match programmes, tannoy announcements, ballboys, and on stadium video screens.

Roddy McNulty, Education Development Worker for Scotland, Show Racism the Red Card said, “Sadly, racist attacks are on the increase in Scotland – up 61% since 2000. People have to face racial abuse day-in, day-out in our communities. We have made some progress from the scenes we witnessed at Scottish football grounds in the 1980s but problems still exist within the game at home and abroad.

The Show Racism the Red Card SPL Weekend of Action will send out a very clear message that there is no place for racism in football or society. The support the SPL, the SFA, the SPFA and all 12 clubs have given us in organising this shows their commitment to stopping racism. This commitment means nothing without the support of the fans. Show Racism the Red Card hope all supporters will get behind the action this weekend. Football should be an enjoyable experience for everyone, whatever their colour, religion or country of origin. Black or white – we’ve all got football under our skin.”

David Taylor, the SFA's Chief Executive commented, “This campaign uses football to set a good example – to educate and influence attitudes in people. We are serious about the problem of racism and we must keep up the pressure in Scotland. Using professional footballers as anti-racism role models will continue to raise awareness and change beliefs and attitudes.”