This is the third example in a month the Premier League has seen individual fans doing monkey gestures toward black players. At Show Racism the Red Card we are confident that the vast majority of fans want no return to the dark days when racism was common inside football grounds. We hope to work with Swansea City on a high profile show of solidarity against racism very soon.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card
On Saturday 8th December Norwich City defender Sebatien Bassong was subject to a racist gesture by a Swansea City fan. The 23 year old man who was detained shortly after the game was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence which was confirmed by South Wales Police.
SRtRC would like to praise Sebastien Bassong for his quick reaction and professionalism during the incident and after the game. We call for the fan to face a 2 – 3 year ban for his actions. We believe that this will send a strong message to football fans across the country that racism will not be tolerated.
Further to this, we want Swansea City Football Club to wear our “Show Racism the Red Card” t-shirts to promote the message of combatting racism not only in sport but in society.
Swansea City have had a strong partnership with Show Racism the Red Card for many years, holding annual club events and inviting local school children along to the Liberty Stadium for educational workshops on combatting racism with the opportunity to meet some of their idols which have included; Nathan Dyer, Neil Taylor, Gary Monk and Mark Gower. We will continue to work with Swansea City on combatting racism.