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Idris Elba hopes football will reduce knife crime as Arsenal wear white kit vs Nottingham Forest as part of campaign

IDRIS ELBA has issued a warm appeal against knife crime ahead of their FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal sported an all-white jersey tailored to promote the ‘No More Red’ initiative that helps prevent translate knives in the capital.

Close-up of the all-white Arsenal shirt strip for the'No more red' campaign against knife crime

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Close-up of the all-white Arsenal shirt strip for the ‘No more red’ campaign against knife crimeCredit: Reuters
Hollywood star and Arsenal fan Idris Elba is on ITV

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Hollywood star and Arsenal fan Idris Elba is on ITV

Last year saw a record number of teenagers murdered in London.

Arsenal supporter Elba made an emotional statement about knife crime and the ensuing ‘No More Red’ campaign on ITV before the match.

The 49-year-old A-lister said: “Thirty children have meaninglessly died from knife crimes. One of those kids could be on that field.

“It’s an ongoing problem.

“Today is a very big day.

“No more red. It literally means, no more bloodshed.”

The Gunners worked with Adidas to produce the shirt that makes sense but it’s not for sale.

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Instead, it will be awarded by Arsenal to people and organizations that address the causes of youth violence.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright talks about the closure of youth centers as a major factor in the outbreak and the initiative to build safer spaces for young children in the capital.

The Gunners legend said: “In the past ten years, 750 youth centers have closed, 4,500 young people have lost their jobs.

“Then when looking at the wasted lives. The white shirt is about inspiration and action.

“We just wanted to build up more space and help the charities that are doing so well in this space.”

The Arsenal in Community team offers sporting, social and educational programs aimed at keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble.

Despite their stunning new kit, Arsenal struggled at the City Ground, losing when Lewis Grabban scored a brilliant late goal in a 1–0 win for Nottingham Forest.

Idris Elba supports the campaign to make spaces safer and supports the charities involved

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Idris Elba supports the campaign to make spaces safer and supports the charities involvedCredit: AFP
Eddie Nketiah wins the ball against Nottingham Forest

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Eddie Nketiah wins the ball against Nottingham ForestCredit: Getty

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