Former Newcastle player shows racism the red card

Olivier Bernard (r) made 119 appearances for Newcastle United.

Former Newcastle United ace Olivier Bernard has renewed calls for regional businesses to support anti-racism charity, Show Racism The Red Card.

At this Sunday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur Olivier will be inducted into the charity’s Hall of Fame for his tireless efforts to stop racism in schools.

Newcastle favourites Les Ferdinand and John Beresford will be on hand to present the award in the centre circle, live on Sky TV.

Olivier said: “It is a great honour to be receiving this award as it such a great way of delivering a valuable message to young people.”

He was also keen to engage the business world, adding: “We would absolutely welcome business to become involved - whether this might be in helping to deliver a workshop or donating to the cause, there are a few ways that they could help.”

Olivier joins a host of other famous players in the Hall of Fame, including Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker.

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Olivier is receiving Show Racism the Red Card’s prestigious Hall of Fame award for his tireless work with the anti-racism campaign - he’s a great ambassador for the campaign.

“It’s fantastic that two other recipients of our Hall of Fame have agreed to present Olivier and I am sure both Les Ferdinand and John Beresford will get a warm reception from the crowd.

“This is a great opportunity for our exposure, as Sky TV will be broadcasting.”

Coutts bank have already shown their support after hosting the very first awards ceremony, and now Ged hopes to encourage more links with business.

The recent launch of “Business friends of Show Racism the Red Card” venture aims to attract support from the private sector.

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