Boro, Robins and Spireites backing Kick It Out in 'Season of Action' fixtures
Middlesbrough, Cheltenham Town and Chesterfield are hosting ‘Season of Action’ matches this weekend to mark Kick It Out’s 20 year anniversary.
All players will be donning Kick It Out’s special anniversary t-shirts as Boro face Brighton & Hove Albion, Cheltenham host Hartlepool United and Chesterfield take on Plymouth Argyle.
Boro midfielder Albert Adomah, who has 12 caps for Ghana, emphasised the importance of Kick It Out and promoting messages of equality and inclusion.
“Kick It Out is still massively important in football,” he said. “You need things like that. It is probably more important now than ever before because the whole game is so multi-cultural at every level.
“There are so many players now in this league from all kinds of different backgrounds and nationalities and every one in the game needs to support one another.
“You need to support each other on the pitch and in the dressing room, and we do that as a team. At our club it is not just English players, you know.
“There are guys from all over the world here now, all nationalities, all ethnic backgrounds. We all have to pull together to keep any type of racism out of the game. That’s why all the players support Kick It Out.”
Boro released a statement earlier this week following an alleged incident, currently being investigated by West Midlands Police, which took place in the away end during their game at Birmingham City last Saturday.
The statement read: “Middlesbrough Football Club operates a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of discrimination and we are strong supporters of football’s pledge to eradicate racism and intolerance in all its forms.
“We are aware of an incident that is alleged to have occurred in the away end at St Andrews on Saturday involving a minority of fans. We are keeping in close contact with West Midlands and Cleveland Police as well as our counterparts at Birmingham City as the investigation proceeds.
“The Club is fully committed to helping to identify those involved in this incident. Anyone convicted will be subject to a lifetime ban from the Riverside Stadium.”