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Representatives of FIFPro visited Newcastle based Show Racism the Red Card and football club Newcastle United to discuss how to clamp down on racism at the European football championships in Ukraine and Poland 2012. Both hosts have poor records on tackling racism.

‘I was very impressed with the quality of the anti-racist education on display at St James’ Park’, said Tony Higgins, board member of FIFPro Division Europe, after the meeting that also featured a discussion - with among others Newcastle United players Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell - about an action plan.

‘Presently I am doing work in Eastern Europe with UEFA in preparation for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in 2012. The model used in Tyneside where Newcastle United are an integral part of the anti-racist campaign is one I would like to see adopted in other parts of Eastern Europe and one I will certainly recommend. It would be very helpful if Polish and Ukrainian footballers could join our campaign.’

Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: ‘As a North East England-based anti-racism charity, it is always great to get international recognition for our work. The campaign has gone from strength to strength over the last 15 years and we are lucky enough to now employ six ex-professional footballers in the region.’ 

‘Our message is being delivered to more schools in the area than ever before. Having the support of the international players’ union FIFPro means our message is also going out across Europe and the world.’

‘Newcastle United have been fantastic in their support for many years. Numerous players have attended our educational events with the club and we have even had the support of the entire squad on occasion this season, meeting young people pitch-side at St James’ Park before games. Thanks this time to Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell for their support.’


Shola Ameobi, Tony Higgins, Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor




Photo on top: Olivier Bernard, Tony Higgins, Trevor Benjamin and John Anderson.

Bernard, Benjamin and Anderson are all former Newcastle players involved in anti-racism work.