November 03 2010

Football Against Racism

Drogheda United F.C. last Friday October 29th held an anti-racism night to mark Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Week.

Twelve mascots accompanied the Drogheda players onto the pitch wearing t-shirts with the slogan 'United Against Racism', as well as 'Show Racism the Red Card' wrist bands. A guard of honour was also formed with youth players from Mosney F.C., Drogheda Boys and Boyne Rovers displaying "Show racism the red card" banners.

Drogheda United is among up to 150 groups - including schools, football clubs and community organisations - from throughout Ireland who are taking part in FARE Week 2010. The week is an initiative of UEFA and is supported in Ireland by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). The initiative runs from 14th to 26th October, and will see thousands of events taking place across Europe to highlight anti-racism messages and celebrate diversity. FARE Week 2010 is supported by the Office of the Minister of State for Integration.

Speaking at the FARE event in Hunky Dory's Park, Drogheda United CPO Nikki Carpenter said: "While football can be divisive, it is also incredibly powerful in uniting people and breaking down barriers. Now that Ireland is a multicultural society, we need to encourage children and adults to grow their understanding of the many new communities now represented amongst our neighbours, schools and workmates. Because football is such a widely played and supported game, it is a critical tool in preventing racism and growing better cultural understanding."

According to Des Tomlinson, National Coordinator for Intercultural Football at the FAI, "FARE Week is going from strength to strength and we are delighted with the huge number of clubs and schools that have taken the time to promote it through friendly matches, football blitz events and competitions.

"The events that are taking place during FARE Week serve not only to promote the anti-racism message, but also to expose football fans to new ways of becoming involved in promoting diversity at community level on an ongoing basis. I congratulate Drogheda United F.C.for becoming involved in FARE Week 2010."

Drogheda United F.C. would like to thank everyone who got involved in the event and help it making it such a success.