Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd speaks out against racism in sport at event for pupils

Norfolk schoolchildren at an anti-racism event at Carrow Road with Norwich City players, Carlos Cuel

Norfolk schoolchildren at an anti-racism event at Carrow Road with Norwich City players, Carlos Cuellar and Declan Rudd. The panel, back from left, Carlos Cuellar; Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett; Francis Duku, Show Racism the Red Card charity; former NCFC player, Clint Easton; chairman Hate Free Norfolk, Michelle de Oude; and Declan Rudd; with the best question winners, from left, front, Tiah Davie, 14, Ormiston Venture Academy; Fay Rippon, 12, CNS; Katie Dunning, 13, Ormiston Victory Academy; and Lewis Walker, 11; Open Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd has claimed that he 'would become angry and lose focus' if a fellow player received racist abuse on the football field.

The Norfolk born stopper was joined by fellow team-mate Carlos Cuellar at an event aimed at schoolchildren in the area.

Almost 100 youngsters took part in a day of activities run by Show Racism the Red Card; a campaign that uses top footballers to educate against racism.

At the end, children were encouraged to ask questions to the panel, which consisted of Clint Easton, Stephen Bett, Michelle De'Oude and Francis Duku.

During the Q&A session, Rudd was asked whether racism would affect him on the pitch.

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'If I was involved and one of the players was abused it would affect me,' he said. 'I would become angry and lose focus, and that would affect my performance. The concentration goes from the football and onto supporting your friend. I'd be quite angry. For it still to be happening now is embarrassing.'

The event was relevant in relation to the recent allegations that striker Cameron Jerome was racially abused.

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At the time, referee Mark Clattenberg was praised for the way he dealt with the situation.

Defender Cuellar explained his view on how the referee can deal with any potential abuse.

'I think it is difficult for him, to try and take a note and to try to listen and communicate to the PFA and study the pictures and video,' he said.

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