Players back campaign to get racism kicked out of game
PLAYERS from Cheltenham Town Football Club joined the campaign to get racism kicked out of football in their game against Exeter City on Saturday.
Footballers at Whaddon Road donned T-shirts saying One Game, One Community after racism in the sport hit the headlines recently.
Kick It Out's annual awareness-raising drive took place nationally from October 18 to 29 and aimed to address the issues. Winger Kaid Mohamed is the club's ambassador for the campaign and his Welsh dad Derhim said: "Kaid has experienced a lot of racism during his career and particularly at previous clubs.
"Some of it in the past has been unbelievable and I am not sure that the sport is getting better.
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"Things are good at Cheltenham and he does not experience it much at Whaddon Road and I think that is because it really is a family-orientated club.
"He is 28 now and I have watched him in every game he has ever played and it is hurtful to hear or see it. Because I am white and his mum is black, people don't perhaps realise that he is my son.
"I am used to it now and I don't react, but that was a lot harder in my younger days when I was watching him." Cliff Naylor, 49, from Tivoli is a regular fan at Whaddon Road.
The management consultant said: "I have never heard anything that might be considered racist at Cheltenham and I think it is a non-issue at the ground. I think eradicating racism at football has been a success over the years, but national events have brought down the game's reputation."