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Celtic legend Elliott's soccer racism battle; Paul's kids campaign.

Byline: By Martin Cameron

FORMER Celtic star Paul Elliott spearheaded an international effort to banish racism from football at Scotland's national stadium today.

The towering defender, who played for the Hoops between 1989 and 1991, was at Hampden Park to speak at a special anti-racist seminar.

The high-profile event was organised by campaign group Show Racism the Red Card and the world professional footballers' body Federation Internationale des Footballeurs Professionels (FIFPro).

Elliot, 41, who also starred for Chelsea, now works as an ambassador for FIFPro and focuses his efforts on teaching kids to reject racism.

He said: "Football and footballers can play a highly-influential part in getting the anti-racism message across to children. Receiving the right message at a young age can set the foundations for the development of a well-balanced adult who respects people of all backgrounds, nationalities, skin colour and religion."

Show Racism the Red Card is active in Scottish schools and has developed a "Coaching With a Conscience" scheme with the help of the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association.

Billy Singh, who is Scotland's campaign co-ordinator for Show Racism the Red Card, said: "We hope to increase the number of local authorities using our campaign and to spread the antiracism message across Europe through the medium of football.

"With FIFPro's help, we undertake direct work in schools with footballers combining the antiracism message with football training."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 23, 2007
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