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FIFPro and Show Racism the Red Card have intensified their collaboration. The world professional footballers union and the Newcastle based charity are working out the details of a more worldwide approach to educate diversity in the fight to eradicate racism.

A sneak preview of many things that are about to happen is last week's visit to Newcastle United. This wasn't just a visit to the most nearby Premier League club, this was a visit to one of the most international football teams in the United Kingdom, as there are 18 different nationalities on the playing staff.

"The cosmopolitan nature of football is clearly illustrated at this club", said Tony Higgins, FIFPro's anti-racism spokesman. "Eighteen nationalities pulling together in a team effort, irrespective of race, colour or creed with one goal in mind; success on the park."

"Football can show the world that what unites us is far greater than what divides us."

Unfortunately, in the past month football has seen many racist' incidents in various countries, from Russia to Brazil, from the Netherlands to Scotland, from Romania to Spain.

Higgins: "Recent events in world football and society show that a lot of work has still to be done, that's why FIFPro supports Show Racism the Red Card."

Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card chief executive, told how their blueprint will soon be used globally. "Recent examples of racism in the game towards Christopher Samba, Hulk and Virgil van Dijk show racism has no borders. Taking the fight against racism internationally is something we are looking forward to."

Representatives of Show Racism the Red Card took their cards to Newcastle, with the charity's anti-racist message in all players' native languages. The players – even though struggling in the opening months of the new Premier League season – very willingly cooperated in this anti-racism campaign and showed great enthusiasm as they played their part in this significant fight.


Newcastle United's 18 Nationalities
Country Players
Algeria Mehdi Abeid
Argentina Fabricio Coloccini, Facundo Ferreyra, Jonás Gutiérrez
Australia Curtis Good
Burundi Gaël Bigirimana
England Sammy Ameobi, Jack Colback, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson
France Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Rivière, Haidara, Obertan
Holland Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Vurnon Anita, Daryl Janmaat
Ireland Rob Elliot
Italy Davide Santon
Ivory Coast Cheick Tioté
Jamaica Rolando Aarons
N. Ireland Shane Ferguson
Senegal Papiss Cissé
Slovakia Lubomir Satka
Slovenia Haris Vučkić
Spain Ayoze Pérez
Switzerland Kevin Mbabu
Wales Paul Dummett