December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
“Lack of knowledge, lack of education,” is the way Norwich City team captain Sébastien Bassong summed up racism when he addressed Norfolk schoolchildren at an event showing prejudice the red card at Carrow Road.
In a week where police are investigating alleged online racist abuse aimed at the Canaries’ manager Chris Hughton, about 100 youngsters from four Norfolk schools spent today at the club learning how to tackle racism.
The defender, who also plays for Cameroon, was joined by NCFC winger Nathan Redmond who, when asked to describe racism in three words, said “it’s not cool.”
Bassong told the young people that racism in football mirrors racism in general life, and that it starts by people being afraid of something or someone different, while Redmond told the young people they were the key to helping to tackling racism in the future.
“I don’t think you will ever understand why it is still here but the fact that it is, is just something that I think needs to be stopped. But how we stop it, it starts with you lot, the youth,” he said.
The two footballers were among those taking part in an education day organised by anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card and Norfolk County Council.
Today’s event involved City Academy and Open Academy, in Norwich, Framingham Earl High School, and Lynn Grove High School,in Gorleston.