Plymouth Argyle star delivers anti-racism message
SCHOOLCHILDREN heard how a Plymouth Argyle star was subjected to racism while playing football on the international stage.
Students from four Plymouth schools heard how forward Warren Feeney had been a victim of racism while playing for Northern Ireland.
He and Argyle Ladies player Becky Rose held a question and answer session with pupils from Old Priory, Laira Green, Ernesettle and St Joseph primary schools at a Show Racism the Red Card event.
The former Leeds and Swansea player admitted that he had encountered racist behaviour early on in his career when playing in Northern Ireland – and then later on when representing his country in Serbia.
The players were helping the youngsters to understand racism and how to combat it amongst their generation.
Event organiser Gavin Sutherland said: "Young people look up to professional footballers so it is great that these two players lent us their support.
"Racism can occur anywhere. These young people will have seen or heard racism in some form and we want to give them the tools to deal with it.
"We had them exploring stereotypes in groups and talking about their own experiences – some of it about racism they have encountered."
The children were given a tour of Home Park before having the opportunity to ask the Pilgrims players questions on racism.
Show Racism the Red Card uses top footballers to tackle racism and does similar events with at least 40 football clubs across the country every season.
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