BAME Community asks for brave leaders
The Leicester based BAME Football Forum (BFF) have released a new report outlining feedback from community members who are urging football leaders to be brave in their leadership around the issue of racism in football.
The report asks that those who govern football, to show real accountability in relation to any failings, just as they do successes. It goes on to ask National and local governing bodies to take full ownership of the racism agenda and not only work with those best placed to achieve real change, but to be open to the idea that the current systems and processes are not all working.
Ivan Liburd, BFF chair, said: “Leadership is the biggest part of change and it’s time for those in positions of leadership to earn their stripes. In any arena, policy and practice drive system changes. We must use the voice of communities as our guide, and governing bodies to solve or reduce the issues raised.”
“I remain optimistic that lasting changes in football can be delivered, we just need to be brave. Be brave enough to change what we know to be wrong, or unjust, or discriminative, even if that’s the way it has always been done. Communities deserve to feel safe and protected.”