Former England striker John Fashanu has announced that he was giving his full support and commitment to the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign, stressing that it was “vital” for the growth of the game at all levels.
The UNICEF Ambassador called 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji to inform him of his pledge to the campaign shortly after speaking on the same issue on Cool FM “Football Fans Time Show” on Saturday morning in Abuja.
“I am honoured to support 1 GAME. I will join you at any time to campaign against violence. This initiative is vital for the growth of football. I am 100% part of it and to raise awareness on the dangers of football violence around the world is truly amazing.”
The 48 year old former Wimbledon and Aston Villa forward added: “I will speak to everybody I can on this issue. I will inform my colleagues, past and present footballers, administrators and the common man on the street. We must join hands and eradicate violence from the game.”
Born on 18 September 1962 in Kensington, London, Fashanu is a British television presenter and ex-footballer of Nigerian (paternal) and Guyanese (maternal) descent. He played most of his career in the United Kingdom. Fashanu represented England at full International level gaining two caps — against Chile and Scotland in a friendly tournament in May 1989.
Fashanu’s last game, was on 4 February 1995 away at Manchester United in a Premiership game with his then club Aston Villa in a match they lost 1–0. He went in for a tackle with Ryan Giggs but snapped his achilles and was stretchered off and never played a professional game again. He retired at the end of the season.
He joins a list of high profile celebrities that include Jamaican Reggae Star Shaggy, R & B duo P-Square and Hip-hop sensation Durella who have publicly made a pledge to support 1 GAME.