Students and Ipswich Town legend back national anti-racism campaign

Students and Ipswich Town legend back national anti-racism campaign

Students and staff at Suffolk New College joined forces with an Ipswich Town Football Club (ITFC) legend in support of a national campaign aimed at confronting racism in football.

Show Racism the Red Card holds a ‘wear red day’ every year to help highlight the work of an educational charity that was set up in 1996 by the former Newcastle and West Ham goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop.

As part of their support, students paid a pound to wear red clothing, talked about the Black Lives Matter movement and discussed the problem of racism in sport during lessons.

They were joined by the former ITFC player, Jason Dozzell, who currently works with the Suffolk New College football academy.

The former midfielder, who made 340 appearances for the Tractor Boys and scored over 53 goals, said, “It’s good that the college is backing the campaign. I think football has come a long way (in terms of racism) but we are not there yet. I did come across it when I was playing and 30 years later, it’s still going on – it’s unacceptable.

“We ned to stay on it – the powers that be, the government, the football world, the PFA – and send out a strong message that people will be punished if they break the rules.

Organiser of the campaign at the college is Anthony Clarke. He said, “It’s been a poignant year in terms of the Black Lives Matter movement and we are proud to be showing solidarity with the Show Racism the Red Card campaign for the second year running.

“We are a diverse college and it’s ridiculous in many ways that we are having these discussions as there is no place for racism in life and society. As a college we have donated £150.00 to the charity so far and we feel strongly about raising awareness of the fact that we are all part of one race – the human race - and we need to be more tolerant.”

Jadyn Huggins, 19, Ipswich, is on football studies level three. He said, “Spreading awareness of this campaign and Black Lives Matter will hopefully decrease the amount of racism that is around. I think the way to tackle racism is all about educating people and this is the purpose of the campaign - so I’m 100pc proud to be part of it.”