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SBD Global/March 4, 2013/International Football
Blatter Says FIFA Will Set Up Anti-Racism Task Force Headed By Jeffrey Webb
Published March 4, 2013
WEBB ANSWERS QUESTIONS:
Q: What is the role and scope of this new taskforce?
Jeffrey Webb: There are two main elements as I see it. Firstly we'll be reviewing the current sanctions for anti-discrimination. The second is an education process, where I want to engage players, the broader football community and NGOs.
Q: Why do you think there has been a resurgence of racism in the game globally?
Webb: I don't know. Just because racism exists in society, it doesn't mean we have to tolerate it. As a football family we have to sit down, and look at ourselves in the mirror. Do people of colour really have the chance, or equal opportunity to coach or become involved in football administration? I want to have the chance to sit down with players, people who have been victimised, and listen to their experiences.
Q: What are the next steps for your taskforce?
Webb: The plan is for more concrete proposals to be discussed and formalised at the Executive Committee on 20 and 21 March. I would hope for the Taskforce to comprise representatives from FIFA's six Confederations, and also to involve some campaign groups, who have been fighting to eradicate discrimination for many, many years (FIFA).