The Forum are calling for automatic action to be taken by local Police to address any racial abuse by an adult directed at those under 18 years of age, greater transparency and a review of disciplinary rulings and procedures at a County FA level, and for the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA to share more information regarding the number of clubs and players charged each year for racist behaviour.
The event, led by the BAME Football Forum will see attendees from the semi professional and professional game, the Local and National FA’s, Universities, the Police and the Police Crime Commissioners, the Local authority, National campaign groups and more.
Supporting the forum, Kirk Master said:
“We must do more to tackle racism in football at all levels and I am grateful to the BFF for taking the lead on this issue and strengthening the voice of BAME footballers across Leicestershire”.
Ivan Liburd, BFF chair, said:
“It’s great that we have someone like Emile coming to demonstrate that you can still reach the heights of English football through such adversity. As a City, Leicester has one of the most diverse communities across the country, so it’s only right that the BAME Football forum stands up to represent those who continue to be victimised or held back due to issues such as their race or religion”.
“But who is taking accountability and addressing the obvious safeguarding issues and hate crimes being committed against children? We cannot wait for a child to be seriously injured or abused before we act. We cannot ignore the signs, we need action now”.
The event has also had a commitment from Leicestershire Police, who are keen to engage with the forum and learn more about how they can help progress this agenda locally.
Confirmed stall holders for the event and networking hour include, the Centre for Hate Crime Studies, Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, Show Racism the Red Card, United Counties League and Emile Heskey.