club23 September 2021

A MESSAGE OF RESPACT

A video to share the values of the Club, against all forms of intolerance and discrimination

We acknowledge that we cannot hope to solve a problem such as racism in our society, or even the world of football, alone. However, we must all continue to spread messages of hope and optimism and understand that every small action, every individual’s attitude and every repetition of these messages, can help to contribute to positive change.

We have consistently reiterated our commitment as a Club to drive change and this video, the latest articulation of our broader RespAct Manifesto, aims to reinforce a set of values that we believe are fundamental in addressing inequality and discrimination: the strength of a team, the feeling of family, together with our fans, the idea that solidarity and unity are the only ways to counteract the hate and negativity of the minority.

The video was filmed some months ago but today feels as appropriate a moment as any to show it, not just as a reaction to the recent episodes involving our players, but because it remains clear and evident that these messages are as necessary as they are important.

We dedicate this message to Tiémoué, Franck, Mike, Misa, Agata, Marcus, Bukayo, Raheem, Nadia and all victims of abuse and intolerance who deserve nothing but our esteem and respect. We stand with you and we will not stop.

Ivan Gazidis

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