Qld Roar to play SuperSport in anti-racism charity

Australian A-League club Queensland Roar, in partnership with the Queensland State Government, has announced it will host top South African Castle Premiership team SuperSport United at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, this coming 1 July, in a pre-season charity fundraiser. The announcement of the match was made by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie who is visiting Johannesburg on a tour of South Africa. He said all profits from the match will go towards promoting Queensland’s newest anti-racism campaign.

“We invited SuperSport United to visit our state to play a match in the spirit of global harmony,” Mr Beattie said. "I am confident that thousands of football mad Queenslanders will flock to Suncorp Stadium to show their support for this initiative. Queensland Roar has a real international flavour about it with players from Korea, Brazil and Scotland in their present team. The world game has an amazing capacity to bridge racial and ethnic divides and our Queensland Roar players are excellent advocates and good role models for ethnic diversity,” he said.

Queensland Roar Chairman John Ribot said it was a bonus home game for local football fans. “The winter kick-off against a class South African team will give our football starved fans a real excuse to turn out in force for this match. Queensland Roars Against Racism is a great initiative and one our club is delighted to be involved with. Queensland Roar’s management, staff, Coach Frank Farina and his players will work with Multicultural Affairs Queensland to send positive, anti-racism messages to footballers, school children and the community in general.”