Brisbane Roar skipper Matt McKay is hoping the local football family arrive in numbers to support the club’s Queensland Roars Against Racism match at Suncorp Stadium against English Premier League side Everton FC on Saturday.
Striving to ‘Red Card Racism Today!-, the Roar face its biggest pre-season test in the annual match – taking on the might of Everton.
McKay is hoping the chance to watch their hometown club battle the Merseyside club-s line-up of internationally renowned players will entice Brisbane fans to support the club-s strong stance against racism.
“We want to stamp out racism and football is a great way of doing that,” McKay said.
“It-s a multicultural sport and throughout Brisbane and Queensland we have a lot of nationalities playing and that-s great to see.
“Hopefully everyone comes along and supports the game, because it-s a really great cause and we have had great support from the government to get the game launched.”
Brisbane has been in fine form in its pre-season with the weekend-s 2-1 loss against the Wellington Phoenix the only blemish in eight games.
Everton has started its Australian tour well – recording a 1-0 victory over Sydney – and will be expecting an even better performance against Roar.
However, McKay his side would also take to the park with the intention of winning the game.
“It-s going to be a good game … obviously it-s a great test against players who play in the best league in the world,” he said.
“We-re out to get a result, we want the performance to be good but we also want to win games.
“And that-s what it is going to be about heading into the new season.
“We want to be on our game at the start of the season and coming into the finals, we want to be in the top six and challenging for titles.”
Brisbane Roar plays Everton FC in the annual Queensland Roars Against Racism match at Suncorp Stadium on July 17.
Tickets for the match are available through Ticketek on 13 2849 or by visiting the website by clicking here.