Livingston FC is proudly continuing its support for the education charity, Show Racism the Red Card throughout the upcoming Fortnight of Action. The club has supported the charity’s messages of tolerance and inclusion within football for many years. Now more than ever, the importance of this fortnight cannot be overstated.
All professional clubs in Scotland will show their support over one weekend – Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racial discrimination and inequality throughout society.
Show Racism the Red Card work all year round with schools, workplaces, grassroots and youth football clubs and the prison service to educate young people and adults on challenging prejudice and stereotypes, using the power of football as a positive way to instigate conversation on anti-racism.
Covid-19 and events overseas have shone a light on the growing inequalities that some of us unfairly face. Still today, many experience this disproportionately due to the colour of their skin.
Last year in Scotland, 81% of young people felt more confident in identifying and safely challenging racism after working directly with Show Racism the Red Card.
In addition to raising awareness of the charity’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 10th – 25th October 2020 shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football in eradicating racism and discrimination in all its forms from our game.
We call on our supporters to continue to challenge racism. It is the responsibility of us all to ensure that the anti-racism message is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action.
Club captain Marvin Bartley said: “I think Show Racism the Red Card is vitally important because it brings the subject to the forefront. It’s not that racism is only here for a week but in doing this, it shows everyone that we are trying to do something and trying to combat it as a country.
“It’s important as people watching games see the t-shirts, see us all holding up the red cards and it starts a discussion, which results in people educating themselves and seeing that there is a problem.”
Livingston FC stands with everyone who has had to endure racial prejudice in all areas of their lives. We condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at our club.
Football is a sport that is loved by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever your background. Education is the key and Livingston FC will support Show Racism the Red Card to ensure our future generation are equipped with the tools to challenge and eradicate racism from football and society.
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