LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Rival soccer stars for two of Britain's leading teams have joined forces in a campaign against racism.
Both Thierry Henry, an Arsenal striker, and Rio Ferdinand, a defender for Manchester United, have been victims of racism, the Mirror reports. Ferdinand was subjected to racist chants during an international game against Madrid, while a Spanish coach used a racist slur against Henry.
The two men initiated the Stand Up, Speak Out campaign wearing black and white wristbands, which will be available in Nike stores. Nike plans to use the proceeds to aid the campaign.
"Racism is one of the biggest problems facing football across Europe," Henry said. "People may think the problem has disappeared but it has not. It is time for us all to make a stand -- players, fans and authorities. It's time to stand up and speak up."
At least one Spanish player is already wearing a wristband, Roberto Carlos of Real Madrid.