Bolton Wanderers vow to 'show racism the red card'
YOUNGSTERS put their questions to Bolton Wanderers stars as part of an event that aimed to “show racism the red card”.
Whites players Zat Knight and Medo were given a grilling by primary school children from across the borough as part of an event at the Reebok, which was organised by anti-racism education charity, Show Racism the Red Card.
The first team aces were joined on the panel by first team coach Curtis Fleming and Howard Gayle, who was the first black player to play for Liverpool in the 1970s.
The aim was to explore issues surrounding racism in the “beautiful game” and to give the young fans a chance to ask their heroes about their views.
Club captain Zat Knight said he really enjoyed the discussion, as it is an important issue for him and his family.
He added: “I’ve got an 11-year-old who has just started at secondary school and is starting to ask me about issues such as racial stereotyping, so it’s important for me. I have seen a lot of change go on during my time in the game and things are better, but I have experienced some issues and it’s not nice. I think the campaign is working.”
For Chorley New Road pupil Will Carlisle, aged 11, the question and answer session was an eye opener. He said: “I have really learned a lot — to find out people are treated this way, it’s not fair — but I also learned that things are getting better and that is great.”
The Reebok event was one of 60 run across the year, with the Show Racism the Red Card team visiting clubs around the country.
Campaign worker James Kingett said: “Wanderers have always been a brilliant supporter of the campaign.
“The aim was to provide the kids with a safe space to talk about racism and it’s fantastic to have these players help with that.”
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