Orlando Pirates, together with the PSL and other sports federations and clubs, is teaming up with the Laureus Foundation to spread a message of peace and fight xenophobia using sport and digital media platforms.
In this call to action, Laureus calls upon each and every member of the sporting community to stand together in this troubled time and say NO to xenophobia under the hashtag#SportAgainstXenophobia.
Dr Irvin Khoza, Chairman of Orlando Pirates Football Club made a plea to all supporters of football to end this scourge of attacks on foreign African nationals. Pirates who currently have three foreign players on their books as well as the legendary Okpara Williams, are regular travellers on the continent and recently returned from Gabon following their draw against CF Mounana.
Ahead of the trip, the Chairman noted, “I am saying to the people of South Africa, we are travelling to Africa, imagine when we get to Gabon the same thing happens to us with our players. How are we going to accept it as South Africans? What we are asking as football is to be sensitive because all PSL teams have players coming from the rest of the continent. The very same people involved in these attacks are supporting various teams. Imagine (our Senegalese midfielder) Issa Sarr being attacked”.
The global campaign (which involves players, coaches, staff and supporters) requires each to take an image of themselves and clearly display the hashtag #SportAgainstXenophobia and post it online to all social media platforms.
We say NO to xenophobia and look forward to your participation.