Saturday 5th October 2019

WELCOME to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action.

Before kick-off this weekend, clubs playing in all SPFL fixtures will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society.

Players in over 40 European countries are involved in similar events as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network.

Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans over the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club.

We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensur ethat it is carried beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL, said: “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance.

“Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”

Sons captain Stuart Carswell said: “Racism has no place in football and everybody at Dumbarton FC is happy to get behind this campaign to remove it from our game.”

The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.

The SPFL and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at fixtures.

This year the campaign has continued to deliver educational workshops in schools,workplaces and football clubs.

The workshops are delivered by a dedicated team of education workers and ex-professional footballers. This is a very positive method of educating our young people and adults about the negative impact that racism and discrimination have on Scottish society.

Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world, and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background.

We all have apart to play in challenging racism in football and society. If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the stewards or police.

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