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Jermain Defoe was dumbstruck. Was he hearing things or was the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium hurling racialised remarks towards him and other teammates? This 2005 incident while playing in a friendly against Spain showed the England international the unfortunate prevalence of racism in the beautiful game.Other instances underline for Defoe the necessity to combat this scourge on the game and educate young people to stand up against discrimination and, "Show Racism the Red Card."

Defoe has combined with Show Racism the Red Card and FIFPro to implore youth to report any instances of racism they come across. Describing instances of racial epithets being thrown at him, Defoe says it is crucial to ensure this behavior is not allowed to continue.

"If you don't make a fuss about it, whoever's [making racist remarks] will think it's ok and it will just continue," Defoe mentioned in describing the best methods to prevent racism from being normalized.

Defoe, 32, is enjoying a prolific career at both the club and international level. After beginning his senior club career at West Ham United, Defoe completed spells with Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Toronto FC. Currently he plays with English Premier League side Sunderland.

Defoe has been rated one of the best English strikers of his generation and has amassed 55 caps with 19 goals, his last coming in 2013 during a World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

Throughout his career Defoe has made sure to act as a role model for young fans. His commitment to eradicating any type of discrimination in football drives him to become a leader in this debate and help educate others.

Jermain Defoe stands up to racism, will you?

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