Demba Ba and Leon Best were with some school children from Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe, St. Bede’s Primary School in South Shields, Spring Gardens Primary School in North Shields and Holy Cross Primary School in Wallsend yesterday.
The group form yesterday with Ba, Best and Olivier Bernard at the back
It was a Show Racism the Red Card event that was held at St. James’ Park for a full day to educate the youngsters at Newcastle’s famous ground.
With some racism seemingly coming back into the game of football, it is important to stamp it out and educate the youngsters that we’re really all the same, whatever color, creed or culture we have.
Demba Ba had these good words to say at the event:
“I was pleased to be able to come along to the event and do my bit in helping to advise and educate the school children.”
“I am aware I’m following in the footsteps of many hundreds of players throughout the world of football in supporting their work and that’s nice to know.”
And Leon Best, who has done a lot of work with the organization in his career, had this to say:
“Show Racism the Red Card do a tremendous amount of good work each season up and down the country to help youngsters in particular get a better understanding of this subject.”
“And, having worked with them previously, it was great to get on-board again.” “I wish their campaign every possible success.”
Laura Pidcock is part of the Show the Red Card’s education team, and she had this to say:
“Racism is learnt behaviour. Nobody is born a racist. Show Racism the Red Card helps young people and adults to understand that discriminating against someone just because they have a different skin colour, religion, nationality or culture is not acceptable.”
“Racism doesn’t only hurt the victim. It can negatively affect the person who carries the prejudice. If someone is burdened with hatred, it puts limitations on everything they do.”
Those are good words from Laura, and it seems the children had an enjoyable day, and of course we fully support the Charity and you can find out more information about it here.
And finally, with all the rumors rampant about Cheslea coming into sign him in the summer, the top Senegal striker Demba Ba, brushed it all off when he was interviewed during the day by Sky Sports:
“It is rumours like you get in football,” “I am happy with Newcastle and I enjoy being here and playing for the Toon Army. I enjoy being in this team.”
“We have a good team spirit and I love the North East, where I have my country-mate, Papiss Cisse,”
It’s not the first time this season that Demba Ba has said he is happy at Newcastle, but we have to think the Tyneside club will soon be offering him a new deal at Newcastle, which removes that £7M release clause in his current contract, and gives him better terms.
That’s after he has already scored 16 goals in his Newcastle career this season, with presumably more on the way – thanks to that strawberry syrup. :D.