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22 June 2017

Liam Rosenior attended a Show Racism the Red Card event this week.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior spoke about the importance of education in tackling racism and other forms of discrimination, after appearing as a guest speaker at a Show Racism the Red Card event at the Brighton Centre.

Addressing a crowd of more than 150 people, the Albion full-back recalled hearing racist abuse directed at his dad when, as a young child, he would watch his father playing professional football, and the impact those experiences had on him growing up.

Rosenior reiterated his commitment to working with organisations like Show Racism the Red Card and the club’s official charity, Albion in the Community, to combat racism by helping to educate young people.

He said, “When you’re a footballer, you have the opportunity to be a positive role model. Being in the Premier League, your profile as a person and as a player is magnified so anything to do with projecting a positive message in terms of our society is something I embrace and enjoy doing.

“If you engage with people from different races, genders, sexualities, you come to understand we are all pretty much the same and that everyone is pretty cool.

“Getting that message across to people is something I think is really important. Racism and prejudice in general come from a lack of education, not understanding and fear.”

Rosenior is a long-term supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and earlier this year was inducted into the charity’s hall of fame in recognition of his work.

He is also an official ambassador for Albion in the Community and was short-listed in the final three for last season’s PFA Player in the Community category at the EFL Awards.

Ged Grebby, chief executive at Show Racism the Red Card, was full of praise for the Albion defender and highlighted the importance of having support from high-profile figures.

He said, “To have current professional footballers like Liam supporting the campaign is fantastic and the impact they have as role models should not be underestimated.”

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