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Stars unite to tackle racism
The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers are taking part in the campaign
Sporting and entertainment figures in Scotland are to form a five-a-side football team to champion human rights and tackle racism.

The Proclaimers are among those teaming up to launch Amnesty International's annual fundraising football tournament.

Football fans are being urged to enter a team to raise funds for Amnesty.

The tournament is being promoted by Amnesty and Show Racism the Red Card and takes place on 3 May.

The campaign will urge Scotland's 42 professional football clubs to comply with UEFA's drive to kick out racism.

Craig and Charlie Reid, of the Proclaimers, said: "The issues of racism and bigotry have to be tackled head on and not swept under the carpet as a minor problem or a 'safety valve' in a changing multi-cultural society.

"This campaign tackles these issues in an upfront and intelligent manner.

"We support it wholeheartedly and wish it continued success."

I feel I have an obligation to current and future generations to make a positive contribution to rid society and football of racism
Paul Elliott
Former Celtic defender Paul Elliott also backed the campaign.

He said: "I have been a professional footballer for the best part of 15 years in the UK and in Europe.

"I've had some phenomenal experiences.

"However, having experienced racism in football over many years I feel I have an obligation to current and future generations to make a positive contribution to rid society and football of racism.

"I fully support Amnesty International and Show Racism the Red Card in their efforts to combat racism on the pitch, in the terraces and throughout Scotland."

Scotland U21 coach Rainer Bonhof added: "The problem of racism is serious and we must keep up the pressure here in Scotland.

"Football can be a great way to help in getting the message to fans - both young and old."


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