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Last Updated: Monday, 26 April, 2004, 05:55 GMT 06:55 UK
Football clubs urged to play fair
The Greens want all Scottish footballs to be Fairtrade
A Green MSP is urging Scottish football to combat exploitation by only using Fairtrade footballs in league matches at senior and junior levels.

Mark Ballard's call follows measures taken by FIFA in 1997 to tackle child labour in football manufacturing.

He said he has cross-party support in his campaign to ensure workers in third world countries have decent pay and conditions for making sporting goods.

He said exploitative working conditions were still found within the industry.

Fairtrade footballs are made in three factories based in Sialkot, Pakistan, which is at the centre of the export football trade.

Many sportswear companies have adopted Fairtrade codes of practice with their suppliers, but recent Oxfam research suggested this has led to limited improvements.

Highest standards

It found there was often a gap between a company's ethical commitments and its purchasing practices.

Mr Ballard said: "I am very pleased my campaign for the Scottish Football Association to take action to make Fairtrade footballs standard amongst all league and junior football clubs in Scotland has now received support from Scottish Socialist, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Scottish National Party and independent MSPs.

"The Fairtrade Mark from the Fairtrade Foundation certifies the highest standards of production and guarantees buyers that workers are being treated fairly.

"I hope all sporting goods manufacturers move to bring out their own ranges of Fairtrade footballs."

Mr Ballard has put forward a parliamentary motion calling on the SFA to make fair trade footballs standard amongst all league and junior football clubs in Scotland.

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