Arsenal youngsters Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Emile Smith Rowe are set to play in a charity match aimed to raise awareness about racism and mental health in sport.
The Gunners duo will be joined by the likes of ex-Manchester United wonderkid Ravel Morrison and former England international Anton Ferdinand, along with several big names from the entertainment, music and fashion industries.
Maitland-Niles and Smith Rowe will line up for a team called Fresh Ego FC, which has been founded by non-League striker Marvin Morgan, who has confirmed the club will be putting on workshops and talks about mental health issues and tackling racism with local schools and youth football teams.
Fresh Ego FC also plans to help inspire youngsters to get involved in sport and will raise money for equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out, as well as other grassroots charities from ticket sales and auctioned football shirts.
Former Plymouth frontman Morgan said: “Racism is a social issue so vast that it needs a targeted approach aimed squarely at young people in local communities around the country.
“By educating young people and engaging in constructive conversation about racism and bias we have a chance to change the narrative for future generations.
“With people around the world more motivated than ever, there has never been a better time to tackle this issue however uncomfortable the discussion can be.”
Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, along with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, was subjected to abhorrent racist abuse after missing a spot-kick during England’s penalty shoot-out against Italy in the Euro 2020 final last month.
And Morgan has claimed that the game will go a long way to raising awareness for helping tackle racism within sport.
“Football is the perfect medium through which to engage young people and communities – uniting millions regardless of age, gender, race or cultural background,” he said.
“The sport is an ongoing source of entertainment and inspiration, producing champions whose voices are heard throughout society and government.
“At Fresh Ego FC we have a strong love of the game, with team members with lived experience of racism and mental health. This makes us perfectly positioned to connect with the people we aim to reach.”
Source by Football London