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STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR SATURDAY'S ACTION

16 October 2014

Bristol Rovers Football Club have received support from anti-racism campaign Show Racism the Red Card ahead of our red card display taking place at Saturday's game with Forest Green Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, with SRtRC issuing the following statement:

“Show Racism the Red Card were disappointed by the actions of one fan during last week’s game against Dartford FC, but have been hugely heartened by the response from Bristol Rovers; both in their support of Dartford FC goalkeeper Jason Brown and in their actions to challenge racism.”

“The incident reinforces the need for comprehensive training for stewards and club staff to help them to recognise racism and to give them the confidence to take action against it.”

“The club have shown that the actions of one individual will never be representative of the club as a whole, and Show Racism the Red Card are delighted that Rovers are using this weekend’s fixture to reinforce the message that prejudice will not be tolerated and that diversity is something to be celebrated.”

“The club are long-term supporters of the charity and have worked in partnership with SRtRC to organise annual anti-racism educational events for young people at the Memorial Stadium.”

“Last season’s event was attended by over 120 local school children and featured players from Rovers and Bristol Academy WFC using their role model status to promote a positive anti-racism message.”

“Bristol Rovers reaction to last week’s events is a fantastic example of the work that football clubs can do to create environments that are free from prejudice and encourage their supporters to show racism the red card.”

The club hopes that everyone will support this stand against racism.

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