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SBD Global/October 25, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
PFA Announces Six-Point Plan To Combat Racism
Published October 25, 2012
The BBC reported that the six points in the PFA's plan are:
- Speeding up the process of dealing with reported racist abuse with close monitoring of any incidents.
- Consideration of stiffer penalties for racist abuse and to include an equality awareness program for culprits and clubs involved.
- An English form of the "Rooney rule" -- introduced by the NFL in '03 -- to make sure qualified ethnic minority coaches are on interview lists for job vacancies.
- The proportion of black coaches and managers to be monitored and any inequality or progress highlighted.
- Racial abuse to be considered gross misconduct in player and coach contracts (and therefore potentially a sackable offence).
- Not losing sight of other equality issues such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Asians in football (BBC, 10/24).
In London, Owen Gibson reported that the move came after Championship Reading striker Jason Roberts "made it clear" that his refusal to wear a Kick It Out anti-racism T-shirt in last weekend's warm-up "was not intended as a slight on that organisation but as a call to arms to the PFA and football authorities." Roberts said, "The last generation suffered from monkey chants, and we have to move it forward from simply being happy that we no longer get that. I'm not just happy to be here where we are. We should have the same opportunities as other people to get into management and coaching." Both Roberts and ManU player Rio Ferdinand, who also refused to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt, have "distanced themselves from suggestions of a new breakaway union for black players." Roberts also reaffirmed his support for Kick It Out (GUARDIAN, 10/24).