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Leeds boss recognised for showing racism the red card

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7:37am 15th March 2011

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson will be inducted into Show Racism the Red Card’s “Hall of Fame” on Tuesday 15th March.  Show Racism the Red Card is a leading anti-racism campaign, working with footballers as positive role models for young people.   Simon has been a patron of the charity for many years.

Leeds United legend Brian Deane, also a patron of the Red Card campaign, will be presenting the award to Simon.  The award is given to recognise and show appreciation of Simon’s active support of the charity.

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive at Show Racism the Red Card said:

“We are delighted to be presenting Simon Grayson with this award.  He has shown a real commitment to anti-racism. One of the best ways to change racist attitudes is for role models, such as professional footballers, to engage with young people and present an anti-racist message.  We’re grateful for the support of Leeds United; this event illustrates the club’s commitment to tackling racism and will show young people that there is no room for racism in football or in society.”

Simon Grayson said:

“It is an honour to be receiving this ‘Hall of Fame’ award.  I have supported Show Racism the Red Card for many years now and have seen the campaign go from strength to strength.  Their anti-racism message is such an important one for young people and I’m glad to be able to do my bit.”

100 young people from local schools are attending the event.  In addition to the award presentation, they will take part in fun educational activities and will watch the Show Racism the Red Card DVD.  This features some of the game’s greatest players talking about their experiences of racism and offering advice on how to deal with, and combat, racism whenever it occurs.  The young people will get the chance to pose their questions about racism to panel guests, including Grayson and Deane, which will help them to understand the impacts of racism and what they can do to stop it.

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