10 Point Plan to Tackle Racism in Football

A complete culture change is needed say the forum

The BAME Football Forum (BFF), who have consistently raised awareness of racism and discrimination in football, have now released a 10 Point Plan to combat racism and to progress the BAME agenda. The forum say that there needs to be firm plans to address issues at all levels of the game from the echelons of professional football down to grassroots.

The Plan has got the backing of Emile Heskey, ex Liverpool & England International, Kirk Master Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as well as Labour Member of Parliament Claudia Webbe MP; who are calling for a level playing field and for more players to speak out about discrimination in the game.

Currently the Country is enthralled in the emotional repercussions and ripple effect of the death of George Floyd, and many are questioning their own ability to do more around race and equality.

Across the waters, in America, the first Black Players Coalition of Major League Football has been launched to bridge the racial equality gap in their league. The Coalition is currently an organisation supported by the players.

The Forum is challenging football governing bodies to keep the conversations around race high on the agenda and is calling for:

  • The Football Association (FA) and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to support the formation of a Black Players Association (in house or independent).
  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to lead a formal public inquiry in to racism and discrimination in football, with a particular focus on grassroots discrimination and inequalities.
  • The FA and CFA’s to increase internal targets of BAME employees in leadership roles beyond current targets including the highest boards.
  • The FA to have specific grassroots football representation (non-professional and non-elite) at all levels of decision making Boards.

Emile Heskey, ex Liverpool and England International, said,

I have experienced discrimination first hand within the game and outside of it. There needs to be a body that speaks up for Black players and where they feel comfortable to have open conversations about race and equality. This does not exist in the current set up, and I know players that fear what their clubs will say if they were to speak up about anything. We need to protect players and give them the freedom to share their truths.”

QUOTE FROM CLAUDIA WEBBE MP

I welcome this plan to tackle discrimination in football and I commend the BAME football forum for their tireless work combatting hatred in sport. Over recent years, we have seen unacceptable racism across all levels of football. Whilst there is still much to do, only recently we have seen how the sport can be a force for good. Marcus Rashford led an inspiring campaign to ensure predominantly BAME children do not go hungry. Premier League players have taken the knee and worn shirts in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is

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