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Show Racism the Red Card and FIFPro launched the new DVD for their anti-racism campaign. Many professional footballers worldwide openly speak out against racism and all other forms of discrimination.

Six years ago, FIFPro helped Show Racism the Red Card with the realization of the first DVD. Then, prominent players like Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Lilian Thuram, Mido, Dirk Kuyt, Xabi Alonso and many more helped spread the message, that racism cannot be tolerated.

Both Show Racism the Red Card and FIFPro took the initiative for a sequel. The participating footballers in the DVD have changed, but the message remains the same: Show Racism the Red Card. Racism can and will not be tolerated, neither by the players, nor in society. The film has been produced to help teachers effectively challenge racism and promote equality amongst young people in schools and other educational settings. Amongst the players are Karl Henry, DJ Campbell, Joey Barton, Sebastian Larsson, Ali Al Habsi, Jason Roberts, James Milner, Alan Pardew, Florent Malouda, Kieran Gibbs and Rachel Yankey.

At Saint James’ Park, home of English Premier League side Newcastle United, players Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon and their manager Alan Pardew helped launch the new educational DVD by Show Racism the Red Card and FIFPro. Tony Higgins, FIFPro’s spokesman on racism, assisted them on this special occasion.

‘I was delighted on behalf of FIFPro to attend the event’, said Higgins. ‘Racist incidents have unfortunately featured prominently in football recently and campaigns of this nature involving the players can only help to get the anti-racist message out.’ 

‘The dvd has contributions from players of all nationalities and is aimed in particular at young people in an attempt to warn them of the evils of racism and other forms of discrimination. It is a campaign FIFPro are happy to support.’

Alan Pardew said: ‘The message we want to send out is that prejudice is not acceptable in any form.’ And Italian full back Davide Santon added: ‘I agree with my coach – I think we’re all the same and we have to have respect for everyone.’



Davide Santon, Tony Higgins and Jonas Gutiérrez