Wolves winger Adama Traore has joined the movement by Common Goal and has pledged one percent of his salary. The project hopes it can end racism with anti-racism training for the decision-makers. The initiative was started in 2017 when Juan Mata pledged one percent of his salary to the project goal. The team now consists of 200 players and managers in football.
“All too often in football the headlines are stolen by racist actions,” Adama Traore said after joining the Common Goal project. “If I’ve learned anything in my career so far, it’s that leading with action rather than empty words is what counts in making a difference. It’s important to me to use my platform to be part of the solution. I know that my one percent alone isn’t going to fix this problem, and my voice alone won’t solve systemic racism. But, if I can encourage others to join us in this fight, nothing can stand in the way of the impact we can make together.”
“It’s fantastic to see another person from the Premier League join myself, Kasper Schmeichel, and Jurgen Klopp in this growing team of now over 200 professionals from around the world,” Juan Mata said. “In England, there are so many inspiring female players that are already Common Goal members, and I hope that Adama joining the movement in order to take tangible action on tackling racism will inspire other male colleagues from the Premier League to join the movement. One percent is almost nothing, but together we can create meaningful change and the time to act is now.”