DUSA was very proud to join forces with the UoD Nursery, Sports Union, ISE, the University and Dundee United Football Club to support Show Racism the Red Card, with the very special help of local broadcasting legend Jim Spence. The staff and students put on a great show for the spectators with the final score standing at 2-2 following a fantastic 2 goal comeback from the University’s staff team. However, the action wasn’t finished there as the student went on to win 7-6 on penalties proving that age may well be a factor (the staff will certainly argue that it wasn’t skill!).
Whilst the match itself was enjoyable, the key purpose of the game was to unite the city against racism and the support of Dundee United FC and Jim Spence was instrumental in this. Football is a language which is spoken internationally and this show of solidarity against racism contributes to the wider campaigns that DUSA leads to end discrimination, especially during Black History Month which has brought together people from all around the globe.
Dundee United duo Patrick N’Koyi and Jordie Briels took on the role of managing the student team with Patrick delivering an important message: “Football is a powerful vehicle for social change and as a Club we are delighted to support the message of Show Racism the Red Card together with the University of Dundee today. Personally, I want us to get to the point where race is simply no longer an issue.”
Sean O’Connor, DUSA President, organised this match together with Caroline Goodliffe, Vice-President of Student Welfare and they would like to extend thanks from DUSA to Alex Scott the Sports Union President, Riki Grauer and Priti Trivedi of Dundee United, Paul McPate of ISE, Jim Spence, Patrick N’Koyi and Jordie Briels, Ajit Trivedi and the whole of UoD’s Equality and Diversity team, Colin Clement and Mike Barile from ArabTRUST, the Men’s and Women’s Football Teams and, of course, all of the staff who dusted off the boots to play in the game plus their wonderful management team! This list is nowhere near extensive enough to cover all of those who made this game a reality which is a true testament of how united we all are against racism.