News today that former Newcastle United left-back Olivier Bernard will be entered into Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon.
Olivier Bernard – while at Newcastle
Bernard will be inducted unto the Hall of Fame at half-time in Sunday’s game between Newcastle and Tottenham, by two former Newcastle players, Les Ferdinand and John Beresford, and both presenters are already in the Hall of Fame.
Ged Grebby is the Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, and has made comments today explaining the way in which Olivier has tirelessly worked for the anti-racism campaign in football.
The is what Grebby said:
“Olivier now works in schools with the charity’s education team and is a great ambassador for the campaign,”
“It is fantastic that two other members 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.”
“The campaign would also like to thank Newcastle United for their continued support over the last 15 years.”
“Racism has no place in sport and in society as a whole and Show Racism the Red Card is now playing a leading role throughout the UK, combating the scourge of racism.”
We are big supporters of anti-racism in football, but we are often saddened to see racism still raise its ugly head on occasion at football games.
Bernard joined Newcastle in 2000 from Lyon, while Bobby Robson was the manager, and he played 102 times for the Magpies with 6 goals, before joining Southampton in January of 2005, after terms couldn’t be agreed with Newcastle for a contract extension.
But Olivier’s career at that time was almost over due to injuries, and although he returned to Newcastle under Glenn Roeder in 2006, he was never able to play regular football again, and his football career was effectively over at 27, due to a severe hip injury.
We’re sure Olivier will be warmly welcomed back by Newcastle supporters on Sunday.