The England national team and the Football Association are celebrating Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary.
Viewers tuning into Sky Sports’ live coverage on Tuesday evening will see the picture switch from colour to black and white as the teams enter the pitch at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium
To honour the anti-racism and anti-discrimination organisation as it celebrates 25 years, the first 25 seconds of England vs Switzerland will be broadcast in black and white – the first time it’s happened in nearly half a century.
The international clash is dedicated to Kick It Out by The FA and England players will show their support by warming up in branded t-shirts and entering the pitch alongside eight mascots nominated by the organisation.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, said:
“We hope the footage will be a powerful reminder of how far football has come in the last 25 years to make the a game a more open and diverse place – welcoming to all regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”
The FA announced that England’s friendly with Switzerland would be dedicated to Kick It Out earlier this year. The match will be the first international game to dedicated to the organisation, which has been working to eradicate racism from English football since it was founded in 1993.
England Vs Switzerland will take place tonight at 7:45pm on Sky Sports Football from the King Power Stadium, Leicester.