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PFA Scotland has provided continued support to Show Racism the Red Card Scotland for many years, both in terms of raising awareness of their work and in providing financial assistance for their campaigns.

Therefore, PFA Scotland is delighted to be involved in the 2013 Fortnight of Action, providing contributions for the Launch Match in the first weekend, and to the t-shirts worn by players prior to matches which display the PFA Scotland logo along with the important Show Racism the Red Card message. Throughout this two week period all clubs across Scotland made a stand against both racism and sectarianism, calling for an end to both within football and society.

The message delivered by Show Racism the Red Card Scotland’s Fortnight of Action complements the work undertaken in over 40 European countries as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network against racism and discrimination.

Below is a brief outline of some of the events throughout the Fortnight of Action:

  • Anti-racist/anti-sectarian football festivals and projects across Scotland
  • Show Racism the Red Card actions at all Scottish Professional Football League fixtures, Scottish Women’s Premier League and Scottish Women’s Football League Fixtures.
  • Educational workshops in schools and community groups across Scotland

Furthermore, the Show Racism the Red Card message will continue to be heard long after the Fortnight of Action as through educational workshops and football coaching, their dedicated team of former professional footballers and education staff worked with 13,369 young people last year to encourage them to reject racist and sectarian ideas.

Commenting on PFA Scotland’s involvement, Chief Exective Fraser Wishart said ‘We are proud to continue our support for the fantastic work carried out by all the team at Show Racism the Red Card Scotland. Football provides a powerful medium through which to convey a positive message with regards racist and sectarian behaviour, and it is fantastic that so many of our member players provide their backing by wearing the Show Racism the Red Card t-shirts and by displaying the Red Cards prior to matches throughout the Fortnight of Action.’

‘Events involving Manchester City’s Yaya Touré only highlight the importance of continuing to educate on the issue of racism, and the significance of those within the game speaking out against those who continue to behave in an unacceptable manner.’

 

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 Picture above: Henri Anier, Motherwell