Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Gareth Celebrates Cyrille Regis

This morning I signed Early Day Motion 785 celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis and calling on the government do redouble its efforts to tackle racisim in sport. You can read the text below of the EDM, but I've also shared a very moving piece by his nephew and fellow footballer Jason Roberts which includes interviews with footballers Brian Deane and Dion Dublin. Cyrille can be described as a brilliant footballer and the strongest of advocates for equality, but he was a very decent and nice man.

"That this House notes the passing of footballer Cyrille Regis MBE at the age of 59; recognises his achievements as one of the most talented, dynamic and prolific footballers of the 1970s and 1980s and his huge popularity at the clubs he played at, in particular West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City where he spent the bulk of his career, as well as Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and in winning five caps for England; remembers his charisma on and off the pitch, and his tireless charity work following his retirement from playing; salutes his contribution to tackling racism in sport, and his status as a role model at a time when black players experienced severe racism; calls on the Governmment to redouble efforts to work with governing bodies and clubs to eradicate all racism in sport; and extends sincere sympathy to his family, his friends and all who mourn him".


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