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Swansea City and Cardiff City to unite against racism on derby day as part of new fan campaign

Fans of Cardiff City and Swansea City are set to come together ahead of this weekend’s South Wales derby as part of a new anti-racism campaign.

Saturday’s clash between the two sides falls on the same day as United Nations Anti-Racism Day, and arrives on the back of fervent debate on what football can do to stamp out discrimination.

The latest campaign, ‘Rivals on the pitch. United against racism’, has been spearheaded by fans on both sides of the South Wales divide, and has gathered momentum since the recent racial abuse directed at Swans star Yan Dhanda on social media earlier in the season.

The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, Disabled Supporters’ Association and the Jacks against Racism and Fascism groups have all been involved, as well as the Cardiff City Supporters Club, Cardiff City Disabled Supporters Association and Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust.

Both sets of fans have subsequently released a joint-pledge ahead of Saturday’s derby match.

It reads: “It saddens both clubs – and our respective supporters – that we are still fighting this battle in 2021. Both Swansea City and Cardiff City condemn discrimination and abuse of all kinds.

“No one should be subjected to abuse for their ethnicity, gender or sexuality and what we have witnessed recently, and historically, is wholly unacceptable.

“Our clubs pride themselves on working with their respective communities and supporters, as well as with the EFL and FA, on all anti-racism and anti-discriminatory campaigns.

“We want to ensure that racism and discrimination is not tolerated anywhere within the game, as well as our respective clubs.

“Our supporter groups are working continuously to ensure our stadiums are places where everyone feels welcome.

“Racism and discrimination has no place in society, let alone in football.

“We believe the game we all love has the power to influence, the power to make a difference and, more importantly, the power to change.”

Commenting on the campaign, which has also been backed by anti-racism charity Kick It Out as an allocated game, Swansea City chief executive Julian Winter said: “The issue of racism and discrimination is one that sadly isn’t going away, and we feel it is important as a football club that we continue to battle against theses prejudices that put a stain on society and the game we all love.

“I’m delighted that both clubs have come together to unite around such an important issue, and I’d like to thank all the supporter groups from both Swansea City and Cardiff City who have played such a key role in this campaign.

“It will also be fitting to pay tribute to all those supporters who are sadly no longer with us in what has been a challenging year for everyone, both within the community of Swansea and across the world.”

Cardiff City FC Executive Director & CEO, Ken Choo, added: “Cardiff City and Swansea City stand together in the fight against racism and discrimination in society. I’d like to thank the supporters groups of both clubs for their commitment to this campaign.

“Whilst our rivalry on the field with Swansea City will continue this weekend, our unity with them in this battle against prejudice is firm and absolute.”

Both sets of players, as well as officials, will warm up in Kick It Out t-shirts on the day, while organisation Stand Up To Racism will be running several online events throughout the day on their social media platforms, with speakers including Welsh goalkeeping legend Neville Southall.

Both sets of fans will then be invited to join the two sets of players in taking a knee just before Saturday’s clash, before then sharing images on social media in solidarity.

Meanwhile, Swansea will also be showing their support for Cardiff defender Sol Bamba, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year.

On the back of the players’ Kick It Out t-shirts will be the words ‘We fight with you’ together with Bamba and 22.

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