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Scott Brown backs 'One Game One Community' campaign

Scott Brown
Brown feels England is ahead of other countries in the fight against racism

Cheltenham's ambassador for the 'One Game One Community' campaign, keeper Scott Brown, insists football's battle against racism can be won.

The Robins do their bit for the week of action in their game at home to Port Vale on Saturday October 23.

"It's massive - all around the country everyone's sending the same message," Brown told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"Let's try and kick it out the game - not just in football, but in all walks of life - there's no place for it."

Cheltenham report that none of their fans are banned for life through racist abuse and that no fan - home or away - was ejected from the ground during 2009-10 for racist incidents.

The extent to which racism has been stamped out is shown by no reports of racist abuse involving Cheltenham fans at Whaddon Road last season and only a couple of minor incidents involving visiting supporters.

Those sort of statistics convince Brown that the message is getting through and that the campaign can eventually move on to tackle wider issues than just the colour of a player's skin.

"I think in this country we've worked it quite well, but in other countries maybe they've not quite developed it how they should have done," he said.

"The colour of people's skin is the most important one, nowadays there's hardly any of it about - just the odd idiot that shouts things from the crowd and that's what we're looking to stamp out totally."

"Once that's gone then you can move on to things like nationality."



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