Elio Ajmone, the Project Manager of Religious Intolerance in Scottish Football, is leading the campaign, which arrived at Loanhead Miners Welfare youth football club this week. “As part of the campaign we are determined to change the public’s way of thinking and interact with the next generation to make sure this issue gets the correct resolution,” said Ajmone.
Former Hibs and Hearts stars Mickey Weir and Gary Mackay are ambassadors for the campaign. Weir said: “Having married into a family that comes from a lot of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds I felt, when I was asked to come and help out, that it was an important issue. These events help to enforce the issue that no matter who you are you should be respected and looked after.” Those sentiments were echoed by Mackay, who said: “I believe that slowly but surely attitudes are changing. It’s very difficult to change the ideas and rational of adults and so to influence the children at a young age as well as teaching them some football skills is great as well.”
Show Bigotry the Red Card are rolling out training sessions with the likes of Gary and Mickey across the nation with more information available at www.theredcardscotland.org