Show Racism the Red Card condemns Charles Green for 'racist language'

The Rangers chief executive said he openly refers to a club director as 'my Paki friend'.

New Rangers owner Charles Green (right) and new Rangers non-executive Director Imran Ahmad
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Charles Green has been criticised for using "racist and offensive language" by a leading anti-racism charity.

Show Racism the Red Card has spoken out against the Rangers chief executive, who made two references in a newspaper interview at the weekend.

Green described his relationship with Rangers director Imran Ahmad in the article, in which he stated he referred to him openly as his "Paki friend".

The Yorkshire-born businessman also made reference to a former team-mate, who he said was known as "Darkie" Johnson.

Green has since defended himself against the accusation, saying the remark to Ahmad is "lighthearted" between the two and says the charity is guilty of a "kneejerk reaction".

Show Racism the Red Card’s chief executive Ged Grebby said in a statement: "The comments of Charles Green are very ill-advised and someone in his public position should really know better than to use this kind of racist and offensive language.

"The use of the term 'Paki' is highly offensive and it is something that we at Show Racism the Red Card are trying to educate young people against.

"For the CEO of Rangers to use the term in any context is not helpful as it sends out the wrong message to young people.

"Show Racism the Red Card has a long standing working relationship with Rangers FC. The club is an excellent supporter of our anti-racism and anti-sectarianism campaigns."

Green said in the Sun on Sunday: “When I played at Worksop Town, the other striker was ‘Darkie’ Johnson. Now if I say that today I could go to jail.

“You know, Imran will come into the office regularly and I’ll say ‘How’s my Paki friend?’"

Rangers chief executive Charles Green commented in a statement to STV: “It is unfortunate that Show Racism the Red Card has fallen into the trap of taking something out of context and giving a kneejerk reaction.

"In the interview I referred to the fact we are now living in a politically correct world where words and phrases that were once used are no longer acceptable.

"My use of the word Paki was when I was referring to how I sometimes warmly address my colleague and friend Imran Ahmad when we meet, something we both know is lighthearted.

"I deplore racism and sectarianism and this football club does a huge amount of work in this area to help eradicate these problems."

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