This year former top footballers Les Ferdinand and Paul Elliot would join to fight racism in sports as they would be in action for the 20th anniversary of Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) campaign.
The campaign was started in 1996 with the intent of using football role models to encourage youths to leave out racism in the sports. The campaign has recorded some level of successes with top stars portrayed in the past. Stars like United legend Ryan Giggs, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, as well as Barcelona and Chelsea ex-star Samuel Eto’o.
This year’s occasion is set to hold on October the 21st, with Ferdinand and Ellot the promoters. Ferdinand is a former England player, and the present director of football at Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR) FC, while Elliot is of Aston Villa and Celtic. United General Secretary Len McCluskey will be on hand to join the duo at the event.
“The fight against racism can never rest, especially now when worryingly hate crimes are on the rise. Football is such an important part of so many people’s lives that it is only right that we use this power o this tremendous sport to bring people together, to show that we really do have more in common than divides us,” the Chief Executive of the campaign Ged Grebby said.
The anti-racism educational charity has been working extensively across Britain preaching against racism especially to young individuals. In Scotland and Wales, the campaign has been particularly effective in tackling segregation in the grass-roots football, and even professionally. Racism is an issue in sports today, with regulatory bodies taking harder stances to rid it out of the game. There are stiff rules regarding the subject in sports, and SRTRC is focused on instilling it in young people as they grow.