By Andrew Bettridge: Burton Albion club captain Darren Moore believes all English football clubs are “united” in their attempt to kick racism out of the sport.
At the Brewers’ recent match against Bristol Rovers on October 22, both sides warmed up prior to the game in special shirts promoting the new One Game, One Community initiative.
Defender Moore is an active figure in the Kick It Out campaign who are behind the scheme and believes English football can be an example for other countries to follow.
Racism was back in the headlines last month, when England’s black footballers were abused during a game against Bulgaria.
Moore, who has been a professional player for nearly 20 years, was disappointed to see the behaviour of some of the fans.
“The players who play in internationals, the Champions League or in the Europa League, always seem to come back with complaints.
“I’m hoping that other countries will see this One Game, One Community campaign that we’re doing in England and follow suit.
“We’re trying to get the messages across in Europe. Hopefully they’ll see what we are doing here and look to take it further.”
The former West Bromwich Albion defender joined Burton last season and currently sits on a panel for Kick It Out.
“The whole purpose of this project is to kick racism out of football,” he told StaffsLive.
“You will see all clubs stand united against racism in the sport, but also within the communities as well.
“Over the years, it has existed in the game. But recently there’s been an improvement because of governing bodies joining with the football clubs and making the message clear to the people in the community.”
The Brewers defender said the message had to be extended to the fans in the terraces to set an example to the next generation of football supporters.
More information about Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community scheme, which is running until October 31, can be found at www.kickitout.org.