Anti fascist activists are leafleting football matches across Britain as part of the campaign against the Nazi British National Party (BNP) in the run up to the general election.
“We want to make sure the BNP don’t think that they can organise amongt football fans,” said Paul, a UAF supporter who was out leafleting the derby match between Leicester and Notts Forest last weekend.
“We got a good response—despite the weather. Some people came up at lunchtime and took leaflets away to give out.”
The local football supporters group, Foxes Against Racism, are also reforming to help boost the campaign in the run up to the election.
“We have had some worrying reports from a pub owner near the grounds who says there has been a noticeable increase in racism amongst football supporters coming to drink before or after matches,” Paul told Socialist Worker.
Activists are also concerned at attempts by the English Defence League (EDL) to organise amongt football supporters.
“There were around 40 people in the pub near the stadium chanting ‘EDL, EDL, EDL’ after the match. But we spoke to hundreds of supporters who were furious that the EDL and BNP were trying to worm their way into football which is such a multicultural sport.”
Activists have also leafleted matches in Birmingham, Gillingham, Stoke and Edinburgh and leafleting is being planned in a number of places this weekend including Leeds.
UAF have asked anyone interested in leafleting their local match to contact them on [email protected] / 020 7801 2782