Football’s power to fight injustice spurs ex-Socceroos skipper and human rights activist Craig Foster
Craig Foster wields football as a weapon. He uses it to fight injustice, to preserve human rights and to ease suffering in his native Australia and around the world.
And if he ever doubted just how powerful this sport can be, he only needs to recall the heartbreaking words of a young African refugee who had lost everything – fleeing his war-torn homeland after his parents, sibling and other members of his family were killed.
“He was involved in a football programme over a period of time. He was very, very quiet and said very little,” said Foster. “He was in a new country and was experiencing psychological difficulties, which is totally understandable.