Unprecedented FA Campaign Will Introduce Quotas For Referees, Coaches
English football will introduce quotas for referees and coaches as part of an "unprecedented campaign to tackle racism," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. The plan will be adopted early in '13 and include the demand that at least 10% of entry level officials and coaches throughout the game be from ethnic minorities. There will also be moves to "increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in all forms of football, while Asian role models will be sought to encourage Asian children to play the game." Confidential hotlines will be set up for players to "report any form of bullying and discrimination, and fans will be able to text, email or maybe even tweet their complaints about any form of racism." The Professional Footballers’ Association will back the FA proposal of a minimum five-game ban for racist abuse. Furthermore, the latest video and audio technology will be used to "identify supporters guilty of racist gestures or chanting at matches." The anti-racism education process being introduced will "not just involve cultural lessons for overseas players and managers coming to England." The document has been distributed to all 92 League clubs, which "will be expected to sign" the charter for action against homophobia and transphobia launched by the government last year (DAILY MAIL, 12/13).