19 October 2012
Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card's annual Fortnight of Action. The 2012 Fortnight of Action will again make a stand against both racism and sectarianism. We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-sectarian message as well as the anti-racism message at this time, especially when recent incidents have once again highlighted the problem of sectarianism within our communities.
All professional clubs will take a stand against both racism and sectarianism at a home game during the fortnight. We have developed the ways in which the clubs are able to take action to make it the biggest and most high profile fortnight so far.
At every Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture this weekend, SPL clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism and sectarianism in football and in society. Players in over 40 European countries are involved in similar events as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network against racism and discrimination.
Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland and we would like to thank you for this. It has not been without its challenges though and we urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages. We have heard of many instances where real supporters are proactive in promoting the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages in and around their club, making it clear that racist / sectarian fans are not welcome at their club.
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL, said: "Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all."
Dundee United Fortnight of Action Ambassador Jon Daly said: "No forms of discrimination have any place in modern society. As footballers in the public eye we have a duty to back the campaign and spread the message of equality and respect for all. All the players at Dundee United are proud to support this campaign and by showing our support we can encourage co-operation and creativity through positive action by everyone. We must all commit to stop discrimination and show racism the red card."
The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist and sectarian behaviour.
The SPL and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and sectarianism and any racist or sectarian behaviour will not be tolerated at Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures.
This year the campaign has developed partnerships with local authorities to deliver educational workshops combined with football coaching sessions in a number of regions. The workshops are delivered by a dedicated team of ex-professional footballers and they are a very positive method of educating our young people about the negative impact racism and sectarianism have on Scottish society.
Here's a brief outline of what's taking place during the Fortnight of Action this year:
• Anti-racist / anti-sectarian football festivals and projects across Scotland.
• Show Racism the Red Card actions at Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Scottish Football League, Scottish Women's Premier League, Scottish Women's Football League, and Scottish Cup 3rd round matches.
• 'Unite Against Racism' actions at UEFA Champions League fixtures.
• Educational workshops in schools and community groups across Scotland.
Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world, and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or religious background. We all have a part to play in stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society.
If you see or hear racism or sectarianism at any level of football, please report it to stewards or police. Our website also includes updates on Fortnight of Action events and more information on the "Show Racism the Red Card" campaign in Scotland.
More info at www.theredcardscotland.org.