By Ceri Stone, Swansea City Supporters’ Trust
History is being made today. In years to come we supporters will talk about how two bitter rivals, competing to reach the hallowed turf of the Premier League, put aside our differences and united in one bitter struggle.
Today we should be celebrating the amazing season that our Swans are having; the fact that the club is in a stable and healthy position and, results permitting on Tuesday night just gone, the fact that we are competing for automatic promotion.
We should be extolling the benefits of your Supporter’s Trust and how we are growing stronger by the month. Membership levels are steadily increasing; Prize Draws are proving to be popular; we are working closely with the club on key decisions that affect the supporters and we have our 20th anniversary celebrations on the horizon.
Above all we should be looking forward to doing battle with our biggest rivals and seeking to become the first club in the South Wales derby to complete the double over their neighbours in a league campaign.
However, following recent abhorrent discriminatory behaviour towards our players and community we put the battle armour to one side and join forces with the auld enemy in the fight against antisocial behaviour. The supporter’s groups from both Swansea City and Cardiff City are pleased to unite with the two clubs and we wholeheartedly support the message, actions and following pledge in the ongoing societal struggle:
A joint pledge by supporter groups from both Swansea City and Cardiff City in the fight against racism and discrimination:
It saddens both clubs – and our respective supporters – that we are still fighting this battle in 2021, with Swansea City and Cardiff City condemning discrimination and abuse of all kinds.
No one should be subjected to abuse for their ethnicity, gender or sexuality and what we have witnessed recently, and historically, is wholly unacceptable.
Our clubs pride themselves on working with their respective communities and supporters, as well as with the EFL and FA, on all anti-racism and anti-discriminatory campaigns.
We want to ensure that racism and discrimination is not tolerated anywhere within the game, as well as our respective clubs.
Our supporter groups are working continuously to ensure our stadiums are places where everyone feels welcome.
Racism and discrimination have no place in society, let alone in football.
We believe the game we all love has the power to influence, the power to make a difference and, more importantly, the power to change.
Rivals on the pitch. United against racism.
It’s time for change.